Teething

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The majority of babies spout their first teeth when they’re between 4 and 7 months of age. Whenever the first tooth makes its appearance, celebrate the milestone by taking pictures and writing down the date in your child’s baby book.

 

Teeth and gums:

What is the right way to care for your baby’s gums and emerging teeth? Teeth actually start developing while your baby’s in the womb. Teeth break through one at a time over a period of months. First the bottom two middle teeth, then the top two middle teeth, then the ones along the sides and back. They may not all come out straight, but they may straighten out over time.

The last teeth to appear will usually come out when your baby is two years old. By the age of three your baby should have a full set of 20 teeth. The permanent teeth should start to come out at about 6 years of age.

Symptoms of teething:

  • Drooling
  • Gum swelling
  • Irritability or fussiness
  • Biting behavior
  • Refusing food
  • Sleeping problems
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhea

The stress associated with teething could make your child more vulnerable to infections before a new tooth appears.

Ease the discomfort:

Give your child something to chew on like a rubber teething ring. If your baby is old enough to eat solids, they may get some relief from cold foods like watermelon or yoghurt.

  • You can rub some teegel on your child’s gums; this will numb the gums temporarily and ease the pain.
  • Drooling due to teething can be controlled by giving your baby fluoride drops once a day.
  • You can also rub your clean finger on the gums to relieve the pain temporarily.

Teething is difficult, but we have all been there and we got through it. Ease your baby’s discomfort and celebrate the milestone with them, after all, this is a big achievement for them.

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