What is teething and when does it start?
Teething, better known as becoming of tooth visible in the mouth, starts in the sixth month and continues by the age of 2.5 years old. Teething of the babies is generally parallel with the genetic order. Teething age can be lower or higher, depending on the teething age of the baby’s parents. In fact, some babies are born with teeth.
- What are the signs of teething?
Signs of teething vary from one baby to another. Some babies get off this process easily, while the same process is really hard not only for the baby but also for the mom. Some problems in this process are:
Increase in the production of saliva
Ache and anxiety
Blush and swelling in gingival
Blush in cheek and jaw area
Ear pulling and cheek scratching
Some symptoms, which have not been proven to be associated with teething
Some moms state that their babies have mild fever and diarrhea during teething. As the correlation between these symptoms and teething have not been proven. Yet, you should consult a physician if your baby has a fever of 38° and over and/or suffering from diarrhea during teething. Symptoms such as fever and diarrhea can indicate a different disease concurrently started with teething process.
- What can moms do during teething of their babies?
Applying a light pressure on gingival: You can massage the gingival with a clean and cold cloth.
Use of a soother: You can put a soother not containing die and plastic materials (BPA free) in the refrigerator for a while and then give it to your baby to scratch her teeth. Soother should not be stored in freezer. It can stick on your baby?s tongue, cheek or lip.
Giving cold served food: By giving cold served fruit puree and water to your baby suffering from anorexia, you can ease her pain and prevent dehydration and loss nutrition.
Use of painkillers: Syrups containing paracetamol and ibuprofen can be useful in easing your baby’s pain. However, it is better not to use that much drugs during teething. Excessive use of medication can reduce the baby’s fever, which is actually a symptom of another disease, and can prevent you or the doctor from diagnosing that disease.
If your baby is still uncomfortable despite all efforts, you may use dental gels containing anesthetic substance after consulting your pedodontist. However, you should keep in mind that irregular, improper and frequent use of those pomades may have adverse effects on several organs of your baby, particularly on the liver.