Baby teething can be a stressful experience for both the child and the parents. Babies start to get irritable and are unable to sleep at night when teething begins. They’re born with all 20 primary teeth below the gum line and these teeth start to push through between the age of 6 and 12 months. Here’s a complete guide to help you get through your baby’s teething process:
Simply put, teething is a process by which your baby’s teeth break through the gums. It usually occurs at the age of 6–24 months. This can be a rather painful process in which the child may experience irritation, tender and swollen gums, and they may feel tempted to place objects in their mouth to try and reduce the discomfort. Other symptoms include mild rashes around the mouth, occasional fussiness, restlessness, increased drooling and rubbing the cheek or ear area due to pain from growing molars.
Teething discomfort can be reduced by gently applying pressure on the gums. Dentists recommend using clean fingers to rub the gums or using a washcloth to bite down on it. It’s a good idea to use a cold or frozen washcloth as cool temperatures sooth the pain and inflammation. Teething can also interfere with breastfeeding in which case using a different shaped nipple or using a cup may help.
There are two things you should avoid during the process: one, putting anything in your child’s mouth that can cause them to choke and two, using homeopathic medications. The purity and concentration of homeopathic medicines is not FDA approved and thus, can be risky.
Oral hygiene should be observed right from the very beginning. Use a washcloth to clean your baby’s mouth after feeding and before bedtime. Fluoride is a great source of preventing cavities. However, not all people have fluoridated water, so you may want to check with your pediatric dentist for fluoride treatment. Excessive use of fluoride can cause staining of teeth, and since children’s teeth are most vulnerable during the first 3 years, fluoride toothpastes are not necessary until the age of 3.
Cavities can easily develop because of poor oral care and eating habits. Make sure your child doesn’t go to bed with a milk bottle in their mouth. Whether it’s breast-milk, formula milk, cow’s milk or soy milk, it can cause cavities and should be avoided while sleeping.
According to the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, your child’s first dental check up should be at the age of 12 months. You should also consult a dentist immediately if you notice anything unusual like staining or oral malformations.
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