Teething is the process by which a baby’s first teeth (the deciduous teeth, often called “milk” teeth) sequentially appear by emerging through the gums, generally arrive in pairs. Teething usually begins between six and eight months. However, like many things in nature, wide range of “normal” exists in timing of tooth eruption. Do not be surprised, if a baby starts sprouting at 2 months or doesn’t begin teething until he or she is 12 months old.
In general teeth begin to appear in the following schedule:
· Lower central incisors at 6-10 months
· Upper central incisors at 8-12 months
· Upper lateral incisors at 9-13 months
· Lower lateral incisors at 10-16 months
· First molars at 13-19 months
· Canines at 16-22 months
· Second molars at 23–33months
What Teething Symptoms do babies experience?
- Drooling(Which Can Lead To Facial Rash)
- Irritability Or Crankiness
- Sore Or Tender Gums
- Excessive Biting Behavior
- Ear Rubbing, Usually On The Side Of The Teething
- Refusal To Food
- Gum Biting Or Sucking
- Chewing On Solid Objects
- Lack Of Sleep
Health issue during this period:
Baby might develop slight health problems during teething. This could be due to the lack of sleep, inability to eat and due to infections. Many parents suspect that teething causes fever and diarrhea, but according to experts and American Academy of Pediatrics this isn’t true. One of the possible explanations for these symptoms is that teething babies are likely to put things in their mouth to soothe gums and get sick from coming in contact with viruses and other germs.
Best remedies to make teething baby feel better:
- Rub your baby’s gums.Use a clean finger or moistened gauze pad to rub your baby’s gums. The pressure can ease your baby’s discomfort.
- Keep it cool.A cold clean cloth, spoon, chilled foods or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums. Contact with extreme cold can be harmful.
- Try hard foods.If your baby is eating solid foods, you might offer something edible for gnawing — such as a peeled and chilled cucumber or carrot. Keep a close eye on your baby, however. Any pieces that break off might pose a choking hazard.
- Dry the drool.Excessive drooling causes rashes. Keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby’s chin to prevent skin irritation. Consider applying a moisturizer such as a water-based cream or lotion.
Avoid teething medications that contain the pain reliever benzocaine. Benzocaine products have been associated with methemoglobinemia — a rare but serious condition that reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that parents not use teething gels or tablets. The gel can make baby’s throat numb and causing difficulty in swallowing which might pose a health risk to babies.
Worried about late teething?
- If your child’s teeth are slow to appear but his/her bone growth, skin, and hair are normal, there is nothing to be worried. But if there’s delay even after baby is 18months old, make sure to consult the pediatric dentist.
- Late teething doesn’t signal a problem with a child’s overall development. Experts say there is a potential upside to being a late bloomer. The later these teeth come in, the less time they have to develop decay before they shed and make way for permanent teeth.
How to take care of baby’s new teeth?
- Use sterilized wet cloth or gauzeto, clean your baby’s gums every day, it aids in preventing bacteria from building up in baby’s mouth.
- When your baby’s first teeth appear, shift to asoft-bristled toothbrush. Until your child learns to spit — at about age 3, use a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than the size of a grain of rice.
- It is recommended to schedule a child’s first dental visit after the first tooth erupts and no later than his or her first birthday. Remember, regular childhood dental care helps set the stage for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
- Dr. Shobha Naik, Dr. Sachin Sinha, Dr. Vonita Das)