With the appearance of the newborn in the life of young parents, there are many reasons for joy: the child’s smile, his first words and steps. Among the important moments of child development, a special place is occupied by the period when the child’s teeth are cut, the symptoms of which often terrify adults. The baby becomes restless, constantly crying, sometimes his temperature rises or diarrhea begins. Surviving this time is much easier if you know how teeth erupt in infants and what can be done to alleviate the condition of the infant.
How do teeth climb in children
At the age of 4-8 months, the first symptoms of teething in infants begin to appear. Usually they look like this:
- redness and swelling of the gums;
- increased salivation;
- the desire of the child all the time to keep something in his mouth, gnaw and bite toys;
- loss of appetite;
- temperature rise;
- restless sleep;
- constipation or diarrhea;
- nasal congestion, cough;
Each baby in its own way carries teeth. Some children have a digestive upset when the teeth begin to appear on the lower jaw, and the temperature rises when on the top.
It would seem that the body reacts too violently to such a natural process as teething: the symptoms may indeed resemble an incipient disease. But the pain that accompanies this “happy” event is so strong that adults would not be able to withstand it better. Before the "seem to the world", the tooth must grow through the bone tissue and gum mucosa.
Dangerous signs of teething in infants
Although indigestion, fever, stuffy nose and cough are frequent companions of climbing teeth, some doctors do not consider these symptoms to be so unambiguous. The explanation of this view is very simple: the first years of a child’s life are marked not only by growing teeth, but also by a high risk of getting an infection. Therefore, ordinary diarrhea can be both a completely harmless "incident" and a manifestation of a dangerous disease. In this case, how to understand that teeth are being cut, and pathology does not make itself felt?
When the teeth are cut, symptoms like excessive salivation and mild cough are normal. Saliva is collected in the throat area, and the lying baby wants to get rid of it by coughing. In a sitting position, a wet cough also appears, but much less frequently. Usually it takes 2-3 days and does not require special treatment.
Another thing is when a child coughs very strongly and often, in addition, there is excessive sputum. Cough lasts more than 2 days and is accompanied by wheezing and shortness of breath, causing the child to suffer. In this case, you should immediately contact a pediatrician.
During the period when children are teething, the amount of mucus secreted in the nose increases significantly. It is clear, liquid and does not look painful. Normally, a runny nose is not strong and passes in 3-4 days. As a treatment, you can limit yourself to simply flushing the nose of the accumulated mucus.
To guard the parents should be abundant runny nose, which is allocated dull-white or greenish mucus. If such nasal congestion does not go away in 3 days, it is necessary to consult a doctor.
Teething in infants is accompanied by active production of bioactive substances in the gum area. This process provokes a temperature rise of up to 37-38 C for 1-2 days. Then the baby’s condition returns to normal. Parents can bring down the temperature with antipyretics that are harmless to children.
But sometimes the child’s well-being does not improve, and the temperature lasts more than 2 days. This is a serious reason to visit the attending physician. A visit to the pediatrician is also required if the temperature has risen above 39 C.
The body significantly increases the activity of salivation, when children begin to cut teeth. Because of this, the baby constantly swallows saliva, which speeds up intestinal peristalsis. The result is diarrhea, characterized by a watery stool. The act of defecation in a child does not happen too often – 2-3 times a day. Usually diarrhea passes in 2-3 days.
A doctor should be consulted if diarrhea is long, very frequent and intense, as it can provoke a dehydration condition that is dangerous for a small child. Also, parents should be alerted impurities of mucus or blood in the feces.
Sometimes there is an opposite diarrhea disorder of the digestion – constipation. We can not allow it to last more than 3-4 days. It is necessary to discuss with your doctor how you can help your baby’s intestines clean up.
Parents who observe infant teething for the first time should consult a pediatrician in all incomprehensible situations. It is better to disturb the doctor once more than to allow the development of the disease in the child. With the second baby will be much easier, and the signs of teething will not seem so frightening.
When children start to get teeth cut
The duration of the appearance of teeth, as well as other statistical information, is determined more roughly than accurately. It all depends on the individual characteristics of the child: someone becomes a “zubastik” much sooner than it should be, someone – later. It is noticed that boys are a little behind girls. On average, teeth begin to erupt in children at that age:
In today’s infants, the first tooth appears at about