If your baby is often naughty, does not sleep well and eats little, most likely, his teeth begin to cut. The growth of the first teeth is accompanied by unpleasant symptoms, which often cause parents anxiety and a desire to speed up the process of eruption.
To help your child cope with this stage of development, it is enough to give him a little more attention and use the right tools to relieve pain.
When are babies teething?
Moms are looking forward to the eruption of the first teeth of the baby. Most often the first front incisors grow first.
A little later, the upper teeth of infants and upper incisors erupt, then the second upper and lower incisors grow, then the first molars, canines and the second molars appear.
In infants, the teeth usually grow in pairs, but four teeth can also erupt.
The process of teething is individual and can begin from 2 months of age. The continuous process stretches for one and a half or two years, and by the age of three the baby can usually boast a full set of 20 teeth and a Hollywood
It is considered normal to change the sequence of teething, so you should not run to the pediatrician, if instead of the lower ones, your upper teeth cut the top teeth first.
How teeth are cut in babies, signs
- The first sign that a baby is about to grow a new tooth is redness and inflammation of the gums. The baby starts pulling everything in his mouth into his hands, because the gums are itching, and the baby always wants to chew something.
- At the same time, salivation increases, which stops after the appearance of several first teeth. It is convenient to put a folded diaper several times under your baby’s head during sleep so that bed linen doesn’t get wet because of saliva.
- Because of the pain in the mouth, babies often lose their appetite. This usually occurs just before the eruption of the tooth, when the pain is most severe due to the breakthrough of the gums. As soon as the baby’s first tooth erupts, the baby’s appetite returns to its previous level.
- Cough and runny nose can also be a sign of teething, because due to the abundance of saliva and gum inflammation, the airways and nasopharynx can be inflamed. If a runny nose and cough disappear after a tooth appears, there is no reason to fear infection. Sometimes digestion disorders are associated with the growth of teeth: diarrhea or constipation.
- Temperature increase for several days. To determine whether the temperature increase is associated with teething, you need to determine how long the fever lasts and at what level. The growth of teeth usually does not lead to an increase in body temperature above 38 degrees, which persists for no more than 2-3 days. If your baby has a higher temperature that lasts more than three days, you need to contact a pediatrician to diagnose the infection and select the right drugs for treatment.
Help with teething in infants
Neither a pediatrician nor a dentist can affect the timing, speed and consistency of teething in infants. Any medications can only ease the symptoms so that both the baby and his parents can spend the night quietly.
The most effective means are candles that are convenient to put at night. If the child shows signs of severe pain and anxiety during the day, you can use special anesthetic gels that treat the gums.
When teething babies gums are itching, because in your arsenal should appear teether. Usually teethers are in the form of a plastic or rubber toy filled with liquid, thanks to which they can be cooled in the refrigerator before giving to the child. The cool relief surface of the teether soothes itching and gently massages the gums without damaging them. If your baby refuses to use the teether, you can replace it with your favorite rattles or pacifiers, which are also well pre-cooled in the refrigerator.
Such products crumble easily, which may cause the baby to choke or even suffocate, and you will have to give him first aid.
In some cases, when the baby has not yet grown a single tooth, you can give it solid foods, such as carrot or apple slices for massaging the gums. But as soon as the first teeth are erupted in the infant, such methods must be abandoned, because with the help of the teeth the infant will be able to break off a piece of vegetable or fruit, which can also cause strangulation.
Care for the first teeth in infants
Even if by this time your baby has only a couple of teeth growing up, the doctor will be able to assess the overall health of the oral cavity, detect gum inflammation, assess the formation of the jaw and indicate possible problems with the baby’s first teeth. If the baby does not get into trouble with teething and with already grown teeth, it’s enough to visit the dentist once a day.
Pediatric dentists often recommend brushing their teeth to babies from the time of their eruption, but you can deviate from these recommendations. If the baby’s room is kept clean and has the right microclimate, and his diet does not lead to food retention in the mouth, training for brushing can be postponed until the age of