Having a baby is the beginning of your parenthood journey. Every moment is different wherein you learn something new with every step put forward. As a new mother, it is understandable that you’re not anxious about everything that bothers your baby. Teething may seem to be annoying to you and your baby but it takes time for you to know how to deal with your baby’s teething phase?
Your baby’s teething could be a joyous moment for you as a mother. However, this is one of the many times when your baby is going to be uncomfortable, and you will usually require soothing your own baby whenever he is bizarre and disturbed.
Here’s a guide you can depend upon and learn everything from teething phases to soothing your teething baby and also taking care of your baby’s teeth:
How early can a Baby Start Teething?
Teething usually begins when your baby turns four months old or as early as three months as well. A baby can even begin teething at two months. Babies who begin teething early are born with white bumps, also called as pre-teeth, visible on their gums. If you witness your baby teething at only two or three months of age, don’t worry. It is not considered abnormal.
It is significant to note that teeth start developing when the baby is in the womb. However, the tooth buds grow inside the gums at this stage. After the teething process begins and the emergence of the first tooth, it takes a few months for all the teeth to be clearly visible.
4-7 months: Teething starts. First, two bottom teeth begin to be visible at the same time.
8-12 months: The upper middle teeth start to emerge and become visible.
9-16 months: The teeth in the middle begins to emerge.
13-19 months: The baby gets the first molars along the top and bottom.
16-23 months: The sharp and pointed teeth known as the canines start appearing.
23-31 months: The second molars start appearing along the bottom appear.
25-33 months: The second molars along the top appear.
When your baby turns three years old, he will have around 20 teeth. By the time your baby reaches the age of 4 the jaw and the facial bones grow, thus forming the space for permanent teeth to emerge.
13 Signs of Teething in Babies
As a mother, start noticing the signs of teething in your baby as early as possible. This will permit you to help your baby in time. Let’s see the following thirteen signs of teething that you will witness in your baby.
• Drooling: Teething encourages drooling in babies. This sign starts emerging when your baby is ten weeks old. Keep your baby dry by putting on a Babys World bib. Damp clothes will further annoy your baby that is already facing uneasiness from teething.
• Swollen Gums: If you witness any red, inflamed gums, then it means that your baby is teething. Give a gentle massage with your forefinger on the swollen area of your baby’s gums that provide him some relief.
• Slight Visibility of a tooth in the Gums: The visibility of a faint whitish mass below your baby’s gum is a healthy sign that your baby is teething.
• Sullenness: Sullenness is another indicator of teething in babies. The teeth appearance tend to press along the gums, which can make them uneasy and cranky.
• Fussy at Bedtime: Teething can keep your baby awake all the night. The uneasiness of teething can make your baby up all the night.
• Ready to Chew: Your baby is ready to chew on anything during the teething process on whichever things they lay their hands on.
• Eating Problems: The uneasiness they experience during their teething process can make them refuse food too.
• Tugging Ears: Tugging ears is a visible sign of ear-ache but it also emerges as a result of teething in babies.
• Rashes: Rashes near your baby’s face may also start emerging as a result of teething. These rashes are also known as dribble rashes.
• Crying: The uneasiness of teething is intolerable for some infants and makes them cry frequently. If you witness that they are crying and failing to find out the reason, check for other signs of teething to confirm.
• Cheek Rubbing: The nerve paths are shared by the cheeks to the teeth. These nerves may pulse or tender during the teething phase. This is the reason why babies rub their cheeks.
• Coughing: Some babies tend to cough slightly when they are teething.
• Fever: Some babies tend to go feverish when they are teething. If it goes severe, you must consult with your doctor.
How to Soothe a Teething Baby?
There are various ways in which you can soothe your baby, and relieve the uneasiness of teething. Here are some tips:
• Rub your clean finger along your baby’s gums. This will soothe the pain of your baby’s gums.
• Use a cold washcloth for rubbing the gum. You can also consider using a chilled teething ring or a cold spoon to soothe the gums. Ensure that you shouldn’t use any frozen thing.
• If your baby begins gnawing and is already on solids, you can consider giving him something he can chew on such as a cucumber.
• Skin rashes and irritation can also be caused by drooling. Ensure to have a cloth handy for cleaning the drool, thus avoids irritation.
How to Take Care of Baby Teeth?
Consider making tooth-care a daily routine of your baby even before the teeth start to emerge. Use a moistened washcloth or a piece of gauze to rub along your baby’s gum twice a day, particularly after feeding and before putting your baby to sleep. When the first tooth comes out, prefer a soft brush with a small head and handle, which will easily fit inside your baby’s mouth. Start using fluoride toothpaste only when your baby is three years old.
Make a good practice of visiting your dentist once your baby turns 1 year old.
To sum up,
Teething is a major development process for your child. You can use teethers, soothers, and pacifiers to ease out your baby’s discomfort with patience, and the journey is sure to be a comfortable one for both of you.