Your babies first tooth is a milestone for the both of you, and as happy and a joyous time it is for you, it also causes your baby a lot of discomforts. Teething makes your baby very cranky and irritable and will get you all worried, you will be surrounded by people’s suggestion which will get you confused. Here is everything you will want to know about teething and how to comfort your baby.
When does your baby start teething?
Most babies generally starting teething 6-24 months, all babies are different and it is okay if your baby starts teething early or a little later than other babies. When the baby’s teeth emerge or break through the gums, they show various symptoms to express their discomfort by being irritable or putting objects in their mouth. The first teeth that come out are the ones at the bottom. The two teeth along the lower side appear first. Most people do not know this but babies start to develop their teeth in the womb itself. By three years, your baby will have around 20 teeth. It is at the age of 4 that the jaw and facial bones grow, thus creating space for permanent teeth to come in.
Signs of teething babies
- Teething stimulates drooling in babies, it is one of the first signs of teething in babies. Help your drooling baby stay dry by putting on a bib.
- If you observe red, swollen gums it could be because your baby is drooling.
- If you notice white mass below your baby’s gum is a good indicator that he is teething.
- New teeth pressing against the gums causes the baby to be very cranky and irritable
- When your baby starts to chew on everything they get their hands on is due to teething.
- The discomfort caused due to teething can cause your baby to refuse to eat.
- Teething can cause unbearable pain in some babies and that leads them to cry.
- Some babies tend to start coughing and get mild fever due to teething.
Discomforts from teething
A lot of babies do experience fever when teething, but several little ones have an easy teething experience too. In the case of diarrhea, it could be possible that the child is chewing or biting into something that is not clean, causing a gastric issue. Experts do believe that teething can cause localized pain or soreness, but it is less likely to cause rashes or vomiting.
How to soothe your baby?
- Rubbing your fingers along the baby’s gums helps soothe the pain.
- Use a cold washcloth to rub the gum. You can even use a chilled teething ring or a cold spoon to soothe the gums.
- If your baby has started gnawing and is already on solids, you may give them something they can chew on, such as a cucumber.
- Drooling can cause skin rashes and irritation. Make sure you have a cloth handy to clean the drool, thus preventing irritation.
- Give your baby a diet that does not cause inflammation. A wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables is a good idea.
- Ensure that the baby gets enough rest.
- To make sure your if baby’s immune system is strong you can add a vitamin D supplement to the baby’s diet after checking with your pediatrician.
- Make sure you continue breastfeeding.
How to take care of the baby teeth?
Having a tooth routine for your baby even before they emerge is a good way of making it a habit in the baby. Use a moistened washcloth or a piece of gauze to rub along your baby’s gums twice a day, after feeding, and before laying him down to sleep.When the first tooth comes out, get your baby a soft brush with a small head and handle, which will fit comfortably inside your baby’s mouth. Start using toothpaste only when the baby turns three.