When do Babies Start Teething?
When babies start teething the parents are the first ones who are filled with great joy, mostly because of that sweet and adorable baby smile.
The growth of teeth in babies is individual. On average, the first teeth appear during the 6th month.
But the growth of the first “pearl” can take place from the 3rd to the 12th month and this is not something to take into concern.
Major role plays the heredity
If you or your partner also got the first teeth earlier, then it is very likely this to happen with your beloved one. In rare cases, the baby can be born with teeth already grown.
First appear the lower front teeth and later after 1-2 months, the front teeth of the upper jaw also.
By the 3rd birthday, the child should have all 20 teeth, or as some call it, baby teeth.
The child begins to lose its baby teeth at the age of 4-6 years, the period when the permanent teeth start to grow.
Symptoms during growth of the first teeth
The growth of the first teeth can pass unnoticed by parents. The baby may not show any symptoms and the tiny tooth may already emerge overnight.
The parents may find out only after the clicking sound of the spoon on the small teeth.
However, many babies show different symptoms such as increased secretion of saliva, the instinct for biting, increased sensitivity on the gums etc.
These are the typical common signs and symptoms that appear during the first teeth growth:
– Drooling – Increased secretion of saliva is one of the signs that the first tooth is ready to appear. The drooling can even start about two months before the very first growth;
– Swelling of the gums and their increased sensitivity;
– Increased desire for biting;
– Placing objects in the mouth;
– Crying, irritability and signs of nervousness.
These symptoms usually appear 3-5 days before the tooth growth and disappear right after the tooth will break the surface of the palate.
Many parents believe that the teeth growth causes diarrhea and fever, but some experts believe that this is not quite true.
Experts advise the parents to not hesitate to consult a doctor if they think that some symptoms had worsened or if there is an occurrence of fever and diarrhea.
How to help your baby?
The period before the appearance of baby teeth can bring a lot of nervousness to your baby.
Well, there are several things you can do which will help you to easier deal with the pain and increased sensitivity:
– Give him a toy to chew – Today there are a variety of special rubber toys, designed to help your baby during the teeth growth.
– Chill its gums – Irritation of the gums can cause great nervousness in your baby.
– Place the biting rubber toy in the refrigerator to cool down – But do not overdo it. If it is very cold, it may also cause pain. The cold toy or cold wet towel will cool down its gums. Also, you can give the baby a small quantity of cold yogurt.
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– Gently rub its gums – Wash your hands thoroughly and with the help of your forefinger, gently rub the place you see that is swollen and reddened. You can use a soft cloth too. The pressure you’ll apply will make your baby feel better.
– Regularly wipe its saliva – Due to the increased drooling of your baby, the saliva can run down the delicate skin around the mouth and chin and cause skin irritation. Regularly remove the saliva using some soft cloth that will easily absorb it, without rubbing the gentle skin.
Care for the first teeth
Since the appearance of the first teeth in your baby, you should start cleaning its teeth to keep them healthy.
In the beginning, you can use a wet gauze or a soft cloth.
Place your index finger and gently rub the tooth from the front and the back.
Ideally, the mother should clean the baby’s gums with gauze or cloth even before the first teeth starts to appear. Once few teeth appear, start using a small toothbrush with soft bristles.
With its help wash the teeth twice a day, using only water.
Toothpaste should be used only when the child learns to spit it out after the washing, ie. at about 2 years of age.