As soon as babies are born, all of their first acts are looked upon as milestones. The first time they start to voluntarily suck, the first time they grab onto your finger, etc. The actual milestones, however, occur in the form of the baby’s growth and development timeline. One such milestone happens when the baby starts teething.
Every baby has their own schedule for when they start teething. Some are early, some late, while some are born with teeth already present in the mouth! When it comes to their teething timeline, you also need to consider the fact whether your baby is prematurely born or had any birth complications, as such children tend to take longer to start teething.
By the age of 2-3 years, almost all babies have a full set of milk teeth. These teeth then start getting replaced by permanent adult teeth by the time your child turns 7-12 years old. Some children have their milk teeth replaced by adult ones by as late an age as 14. It’s all very common and not something for you to worry about, although if the case seems unusual, a dental check-up won’t hurt too much.
Store memories of all your baby’s important milestones. Keep his milk teeth saved in this Storage Box and show them to him to cherish his milestone once he grows older.
When the first teeth start coming in, they’re usually the ones in the lower-middle part of the gums, called central incisors. The baby’s gum may seem swollen and red in the area the teeth are coming through. They may be more agitated than usual; the process is more painful for some babies than others but it’s unsettling for all of them. They may drool more than usual during this period too.
In some babies, the first tooth takes about as late as 12 months to appear, while in others it appears as early as 3 months. You need to start brushing as soon as the first tooth comes in.
Next in line are the baby’s upper front teeth. They’re also the central incisors but this time from the top side of the gums. Babies will appreciate teething rings and toys during this period. They’re a good form of distracting kids from the pain of teething.
The upper lateral incisors grow next, they’re the teeth on either side of the central incisors. Following them will be the lower later incisors. Teeth are usually formed in pairs. The symptoms for the formation of each tooth start 4 days prior and they last for 4 days after the teeth are formed.
The first molars appear after the 1-year mark. Molars are the flat teeth at the back which help in crushing, grinding and chewing food. They also come out in pairs and usually all the upper and lower molars are formed at about the same time. The top molars are more likely to start forming first though.
The first canine (cuspid teeth) form next. These are the sharp pointed teeth on the sides which are used for tearing food. Milk teeth are usually of a brighter white color compared to permanent adult teeth.
Second molars are formed as your child hits the 2 and a half year mark. Now your baby should have a complete set of 20 milk teeth, also known as primary teeth.
The jaws on children above 3-4 years become stronger in order to make space for the formation of new teeth. The milk teeth start falling from the age of 6-7 years, these teeth are replaced by adult teeth overtime. By the time a child turns 13 years old, he should have a complete set of 28 teeth, with 4 wisdom teeth forming later around the age of 18-25 years to complete an adult set of 32 teeth.
Teething isn’t a competition. If your child takes longer to teeth than, say, your friend’s kid, it isn’t something you should worry about. Some children teeth faster than others, while other kids take even longer than usual.
As soon as your baby’s first teeth are formed, you might want to start cleaning them up to avoid any early signs of decay. At his first-year mark, just when the molars come out, you should take a visit to the dentist to have a check-up. Constant scheduled check-ups will ensure your baby hasn’t developed any signs of tooth decay and cavities.
Don’t let the baby fall asleep with a bottle of milk in his mouth as this can result in cavities. You may be recommended to start using fluoride toothpaste when the baby turns two. By the age of 3, a set of 20 milk teeth will be complete in the baby. And teeth brushing should become a part of the baby’s daily routine by that time.
Teething begins around the time when the baby develops a proper sleeping schedule. The signs and symptoms of teething appear a few days before the teeth come out and recede a few days after its formation. The following symptoms are usually displayed during teething.
Since the baby feels a lot of discomfort on the gums, they will constantly bite, suck and rub on their gums to soothe themselves of the pain. They will gnaw at everything, i.e. their fists, toys, and even crib/bed railings.
Children can refuse to eat or drink, and lose their appetite due to the constant pain in their mouth.
Teething can also increase drooling in babies. Their mouth produces more saliva and this, in turn, can also mean the babies are at risk of dehydrating. Make sure your baby is drinking an ample amount of water to avoid severe problems such as diarrhea; you can figure this out by noticing the baby’s stool if it is too dry the baby needs more water in their body. If diarrhea occurs with more severe symptoms such as blood in the stool, then you should immediately contact the baby’s doctor.
Just when you thought your baby has adjusted to her schedules, teething begins and with this new change comes the irritability you thought you’d gotten past already. This irritability occurs as a result of the baby’s sore gums which makes him fussier than usual and he might end up crying at the slightest sign of inconvenience. Snuggling him and trying to rock him can get him to calm down during this period.
Teething fever is quite common in babies with a low-grade temperature, i.e. 101 degrees Fahrenheit. But if your baby happens to have a higher temperature and/or displays more signs of illness then this could be due to some other reason. Don’t nod it off as a symptom of teething as that’s not one of them.
Due to the excess amount of drooling, babies can end up developing rashes around the lips.
Teething is a comparatively painful period in a baby’s life. They will create a fuss as they will feel hungry, they will lose their appetite or refuse to be fed as their mouth would be in incredible discomfort. Although sometimes, babies show some symptoms that indicate another condition entirely yet parents think it’s occurring due to teething. If your baby shows any unusual symptoms, you might want to keep in mind the following.
It is true that excessive salivation may cause unusual stools, but if diarrhea seems severe and is accompanied by mucus or blood, then you need to contact the baby’s primary physician as it can occur due to tummy problems.
Teething does make the baby irritable but all the irritable babies may not be so necessarily due to teething. You need to check for other symptoms to figure out if your baby is going through any other problem that needs checking up. Contacting the doctor during this time is also recommended. Fussiness can also occur due to ear pain, which is much more intense and babies don’t calm down easily during it compared to teething.
This is also the age your baby starts trying out new food and experimenting with different ingredients, his refusal to eat or loss of appetite can be due to gas or allergies as a result of eating food that his digestive system doesn’t agree with.
Teething is a complex time for the baby but there are a few remedies you can try in order to soothe the baby’s irritability.
Some babies like to gnaw on their toys or other hard material to soothe gum irritation. It’s recommended to give them a chilled teething ring to gnaw on in order to hand them a safe means of soothing themselves which is also convenient for them. Look out for bite marks as chewing or biting too hard on thick surfaces can damage the formation of arriving teeth.
If the baby is breastfeeding and happens to bite during feeds, then a little disciplining won’t hurt. He needs to be taught not to bite on people rather give them healthier and safer alternatives. For older babies, popsicles can work wonders. Freeze fruit juices in a tray and give them to the baby when the most irritating symptoms of toothing occur.
Whenever the baby is fed, make sure to clean up the insides of his mouth using a washcloth. Clean up left-over milk residue using your fingers; this also teaches the baby about the importance of keeping the teeth clean. And this will also calm down the intensity of irritation in the gums.
Infant Tylenol can calm down the baby and ensure he has a peaceful sleep. Don’t use any other tactics unless recommended by an expert or it may cause consequences the baby and you are not ready to deal with.
These are the basics you should know about teething. If you need more information on this or other topics related to maternity or babies, make sure to visit Little Angel Baby Clothes.
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