Babies’ teeth usually appear between 4 and 7 months. Occasionally, teething can cause fever, irritability, excess saliva and usually, desire to bite something hard. Below you will find a small guide for this stage of the baby that can bring some discomfort and I give you several recommendations to alleviate them.
Oh, teeth! When those white spots appear for the first time on your baby’s naked gums, it’s very exciting, it’s already growing, but it can come with your discomfort. Milk teeth, as they are known because they are temporary, begin to leave around 4 months and last up to 30 months, although this may vary depending on other factors such as genetics. If your baby does not start to grow their teeth between 4 and 7 months, do not worry, it is usually due to inheritance and does not mean there is a problem.
The first teeth that come out are the lower front incisors followed by the upper front incisors. A month later, approximately, the lower lateral incisors appear (the teeth that are located next to the incisors), then the upper ones and then the first molars. The last teeth to come out are the canines (which some people call fangs). In total, your baby will have 20 baby teeth by the age of three.
What are the main discomforts that your baby can have?
The main discomforts that you will notice in your baby include:
- Excess salivation
- Frequent crying
- Desires to bite something hard
- Sensitivity in the gums
It is suspected that the exit of the teeth can cause fever and diarrhea, but there is no research to support this claim.
What can you do to alleviate the discomfort of your baby?
When the symptoms of teething appear, you can:
- Rub the gums by pressing with your finger clean, with gauze or cloth dampened with cold water.
- Give a teething ring or toy, ideally, of those that are cooled in the refrigerator or refrigerator (not in the freezer)
- Give him hard foods if he has already started eating, like a piece of carrot or cucumber, always taking care that he is not going to get stuck.
- If you do not seem to be relieved and are very irritable, offer an over-the-counter or homeopathic remedy such as drops of chamomile or a medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol and others) or ibuprofen (Advil and others) but never those that have benzocaine since this compound has been associated with a serious condition called methemoglobinemia that reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood . Consult your pediatrician for the recommended dose.
If your baby has a fever or diarrhea , check with your doctor. Usually, the symptoms of teething can be managed at home, but if you have doubts or worry about any symptoms, call the pediatrician.
Once your baby has teeth it is important that you clean them with a wet wipe and then with a small brush so that you can learn the hygiene habits and also, to avoid the development of cavities (stings in the teeth). The American Dental Association says it is not necessary to use toothpaste at this time. The water is enough until your baby learns to spit at two years of age.
Remember that it is important not to let the remains of food accumulate and not allow prolonged contact of the teeth with juices or formula, as this contributes to tooth decay . Following these tips you will be establishing good habits for the future and this is basic to good oral health throughout life.