Vast majority of babies sprout their first teeth when they are between 4 and 7 months of age. As the tooth penetrates the gums, the area may appear slightly red or swollen over the tooth.
First, the bottom two middle teeth appear, then the top two middle ones and finally the ones along the sides and back. All of them may not come in a straight line, but they usually straighten out over time. Many kids have little or no problem with teething, while others may have significant discomfort.
1.Increased drooling, restless or decreased sleep due to gum discomfort.
2.Refusal of food due to soreness of the gum region.
3.Bringing the hands to the mouth often.
4.Rubbing the cheek or ear region as a consequence of referred pain during eruption of the molars.
5.It is also said to be accompanied with loose stools, runny nose, or a fever just before a new tooth arrives, though the connection may look strange.
Ways to ease out discomfort:
1.Give your child something to chew on, such as a firm rubber/nipple, teething ring etc.
2.Rub your kid's gums with a clean finger to make them feel comfortable.
3.Visit your physician if the pain is persistent, the doctor may prescribe a mild medication to relieve the pain.
1.As more teeth erupt you can brush your baby's teeth with soft bristles and using only water for the first few months.
2.Introduce a toothpaste once the baby learns to spit it out well.
3.When all your baby's teeth are in, try to brush them twice a day and especially after meals. Encourage flossing.
4.To prevent tooth decay, offer healthy foods that are low in sugar content.
5.Don't let your baby fall asleep with a bottle. The milk or juice can pool in the baby's mouth and cause tooth decay and plaque. Try to reduce night time feeds.
Remember, regular childhood dental care helps set the stage for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!