IN THIS ARTICLE
- What is Teething
- When do Babies Teeth
- Signs of Teething
- How to Soothe a Teething Baby
What is Teething?
Teething is not just a normal part of growing for babies but is an important milestone for babies and toddlers and most definitely will affect both babies and parents/caregivers.
When do Babies Teeth?
Typically teething occurs when the teeth emerge through the gums. Although the milk teeth develop when the baby is growing in the womb, It usually starts to emerge between 6 and 9 months but could start earlier or later. When the teeth grows, special chemicals are released by the body, which causes part of the gums to separate and so allows the teeth to grow through. Researchers say most babies teeth exactly as their either of their parents did. So, if either of you was a late teether, expect your little one to be a late teether too, and mostly babies who teeth late also loose their teeth late. The teeth grow throughout the gums in stages. Usually the lower front teeth come through first, followed by the top middle teeth. Other teeth follow over the following months. Children are known to have their full set of baby teeth by age 3.
Signs of Teething
Teething in general can be a frustrating time for both parents and babies. Some babies have trouble sleeping and eating during this time. It helps to knows what the signs of teething are so that you’re well prepared to handle it effectively and make your little one as comfortable as they can be during this important milestone in their lives.
Babies and children can vary greatly with the symptoms they can have when they are teething. For many babies, teething leads to mild symptoms that just last a few days. However, for others, teething is painful and can last much longer.
Some of the symptoms associated with teething include:
- Swollen, tender gums
- Slight changes in eating and sleeping pattern
- Rubbing their ears on the same side as the tooth which is coming through.
- Slightly raised temperature
- Rubbing their gums and wanting to chew on hard things
As painful and uncomfortable teething can be, it doesn’t make your child sick. You should see a doctor if your child has
- High Fever
- Cough and Congestion
How to soothe a teething baby
While most children will have minimal or no symptoms when they are teething, some children will still experience some level of discomfort. These remedies and advise may be useful during these times
- Using clean hands or teething rings, gently rub your child’s gum where the teeth is erupting for about a minute
- Give your child safe objects to chew on, such as teething rings. Do not use fluid-filled teethers, Look for teethers made of solid rubber
- If you’re nursing your baby, try dipping your fingers in cool water and massaging her gums before each feeding. That may keep her from biting your nipple while nursing.
- If your child is eating solids, try offering cold foods and fluids, which help to ease gum pain. You can also dip a clean face cloth in water, freeze it, and let your child chew on it
You can give paracetamol or ibuprofen but make sure it is the recommended dosage and also speak with a doctor if you’re in doubt
- Also, be aware of what the teethers you choose for your child are made from. Just because something is marketed as a teether doesn’t always mean it’s safe.
There is no evidence that complementary treatments are of any benefit for teething – for example, herbal teething powder. Visit a dentist for more on how to care for your child’s teeth.