Baby Teething

When do babies start teething?

  • Teeth actually start developing while your baby is in the womb and tooth buds form in the gums. Baby Teething starts when they're between 4 and 7 months old. An early developer may get his first white cap as early as 3 months.
  • Teeth break through one at a time over a period of months, and not always in this order: The bottom two middle teeth first, then the top two middle ones, then the ones along the sides and back. Don’t worry about that why they are not straight actually they straighten out over time.
  • The last teeth to appear (the second molars, found in the very back of the mouth on the top and bottom) usually come in around your baby's age of 3, your child should have a full set of 20 baby teeth, and note down that they shouldn't start to fall out until his permanent teeth are ready to start coming in – around age 6.

Symptoms during baby teething

During teething please understand that baby takes stuff in mouth and because of that infection occurs but general symptoms during teething are
  • Irritability or fussiness
  • Drooling (which can lead to a facial rash)
  • Gum swelling and sensitivity
  • Chewing behavior
  • Refusing food
  • Sleep problems
Note: If rectal fever rises above 100.4 degrees F call your Doctor immediately or rush to your pediatrician.

To make your child feel better try

  • Give your child something to chew on, like a firm rubber teething ring or a cold washcloth and not chilled.
  • Rub a clean finger gently but firmly over your baby's sore gums to temporarily ease the pain.
   
Articles courtesy : Dr. Ritika Sinha, BDS, Mumbai
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