Hello, baby teeth!

May 10, 2017

Hello, baby teeth!

Most babies sprout their first tooth when they are between 4 and 7 months old. Early developers can get their first tooth at 3 months, while a late bloomer may have to wait until their first birthday. Make sure you celebrate this milestone by taking the proper amount of pictures and making an entry of the event in your baby’s records.

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Babies are actually born with tooth buds in their gums that are formed in the womb. Teeth then break through a few months after birth, more-or-less in the following order:

  • Bottom two middle teeth.
  • Top two middle teeth.
  • The teeth along the sides and back.
  • Second molars (these tend to appear around baby’s 3rd birthday)

Symptoms

If you’re lucky, your baby will get through teething with no problems at all but most babies do experience discomfort and show it. Some of the symptoms that your baby might display are:

  • Irritability or fussiness
  • Drooling (which can lead to a facial rash)
  • Gum swelling and sensitivity
  • Gnawing or chewing behavior
  • Refusing food
  • Sleep problems

A plurality of parents have said that loose stools, fever and runny noses are also experienced by their babies when their tiny teeth are pushing through their gums but experts say that this could be due to the fact that babies put all kinds of things in their mouths to soothe their itchy gums, so they come into contact with more viruses and other germs.

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What to do

  • Make sure your baby has something to chew on, like a firm teething ring or chilled washcloth.
  • Rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger to relieve the itchiness.
  • Hard, unsweetened teething biscuits are a good option. Just supervise constantly and watch out for choking.

If none of these suggestions seem to work, then it’s time to visit your pediatrician. He/she might prescribe some sort of pain reliever like infant acetaminophen. Be sure to wait for the doctor’s recommendation before administering any sort of medication to your little one, teething gels included. The benzocaine they contain can have side effects the would be better to avoid.




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