Managing Teething Troubles
Most of the time, babies begin teething by the time they are six months old, but depending on the parents’ genes it may appear anytime from the third month, up to the fourteenth month. The first teeth to appear are the two teeth that are placed in the bottom Iront, followed by tour front upper teeth, after about four to eight weeks. It’s only about a month later, that the lower two teeth adjoining the bottom front teeth appear.
When your little munchkin’s pearly whites made their way out, was it a painful process or did your baby and you sail through the process smoothly? The process of teething is different for each baby. Some babies express some unique symptoms and some just go through it without any hassles or trouble.
What To Expect
- During the teething process, babies often tend to chomp on things as this acts like a counter pressure to the tooth which is slowly emerging.
- Increase In the saliva secretion can be a sign of a new emerging tooth. However, salivation is also common in the developing phase of infancy.
- Bables tend to get Irritable and cranky during the teething process and more often at night.
- Sometimes, one can witness redness and puffy gums before the new tooth erupts.
- One may also observe a slight ear infection, as the pain in the jaw during teething gets transported to the ear canal.
Ways To Soothe The Pain
- Try rubbing or massaging the baby’s gums with a clean finger
- Use a wet or icy washcloth, to help in numbing the sore gums
- If the pain is exceeding and your baby is fussing over it, consult the doctor for the same, as the pediatrician may prescribe some painkillers
- The safest remedy to manage teething pain is by distracting the baby as this helps to pacify him/ her
- Once the first tooth appears, try cleaning it with a soft washcloth twice a day, after feeding especially, to keep it cavity-tree
Always remember, teething is a natural process, usually causing chronic pain and gradually increases the discomfort in babies. Parents and especially mothers, should look out for the signs and manage them in a correct manner. Teething is a difficult time for your baby and you, but with a little understanding and help, you will be able to give your child a lifetime of happy smiles.
Teething is a difficult process and some babies may express some unique symptoms but some just go through it without any hassles or trouble