August 17, 2021

Teething in babies and managing the bad days

Isn’t it exciting to see the first little tooth popping in your baby’s mouth!!! Well, then wait around, as there are many more making their way out of your little one’s gums in the years to follow. While teething in babies may irritate them, it is equally challenging for mothers to manage their babies while undergoing the process.

All babies are different, and most babies would have the first tooth making its appearance before he/she turns one year old; you may get anxious to find ways to soothe your baby. Let us see some valuable tips for managing the teething in your babies.

When does teething start in babies?

Although the teething may vary in every baby, typically, the process begins when your baby is between six to eight months old. The teething process starts with the appearance of the lower two incisors in the front, followed by the upper two. It continues with the eruption of the lateral incisors around nine to thirteen months, followed by the premolars during the thirteen to nineteen months and then the canines when the baby is approximately sixteen to twenty-two months. The molars appear later, and by the age of three, most children will usually have all teeth.  

What are the signs of teething seen in the baby?

Every baby is unique and will show different teething symptoms. The common signs of teething are as follows:

  • Irritability: Most babies will become fussy and cling to you more often than usual. They cry, and whim as the teeth pokes out of the gums.
  • Excess salivation: It begins sometime before the actual teething process
  • Swelling of gums: Gums become red, inflamed, and appear swollen
  • Reduced appetite: With the inflamed gums, babies may refuse to eat
  • Chewing: Babies will try to gnaw and chew anything and everything around them

Are there any side effects of teething?

Most babies will show mild symptoms of teething. Although most pediatricians believe that teething does not cause vomiting and diarrhea, some babies may experience the following:

  • Fever around 102°F
  • Rashes on the face
  • Vomiting
  • Loose stools

What are the home remedies to soothe my baby during teething?

Some teeth might give you a tough time to manage, while others may pop out without any problem. Try to soothe your baby during teething with the following home remedies:

  • Using a wet cloth: Take a clean cloth or a rag and make it cold in the refrigerator. You may give the cloth to your baby for chewing. The coolness will help to relieve the inflammation on the gums.
  • Massage: Lightly massage your baby’s gums with clean fingers 
  • Teething rings: Give your baby teething rings to chew that are cooled in a refrigerator. Do not freeze them; they may damage the gums when frozen. Never tie a teething ring with a thread over the neck. It may be a choking hazard.
  • Give them food to chew on: Cool some fruits or biscuits and give your baby to chew them. Ensure that you don’t leave the baby alone while eating.

When should I see a doctor?

As soon as you see the first teeth coming out, you should take your baby to a pediatrician, who will recommend you to visit a dentist. The dentist will give you the best advice and tips to take care of your baby. If any of the symptoms bother you, you should see a pediatrician for an accurate diagnosis.

How often should I brush the baby’s teeth and what should I use to brush them?

You should brush your baby’s teeth soon after the first tooth appears using fluoride-containing toothpaste. You may take grain size toothpaste on the baby toothbrush and brush the teeth. It is necessary to monitor the brushing until the child turns six.

Teething is a significant development in your baby’s growth chart. Avoid giving any medication without the doctor’s advice. You may soothe your baby using simple tips and manage the teething. Teething is a normal process that causes some pain, discomfort, and behavioral changes in babies. It is easier to manage the teething days with your paediatrician’s advice.

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