Baby and Teething

The appearance of the first tooth differs from one child to another. Some teeth come through with no problems and others can irritate the gum and provoke a painful experience for the child. There are many symptoms that you can attribute to teething but you should know how to differentiate illness from teething.

Usually the first tooth appears at the age of seven months although it can arrive at an early stage around the fourth month or at a later stage after one year.

Here is a guide for baby’s teeth appearance:

Age (months) Teeth
6 to 7 Four incisors
7 to 9 Four more incisors
10 to 14 First four molars
15 to 18 Four Canines
24 to 36 Second back molars

What are the symptoms of teething?

Usually teething comes with no trouble at all. Some babies show the following symptoms:
-          Sleeping problems
-          Irritability
-          Drooling, which can lead to facial rash
-          Runny nose
-          Swollen gums
-          Biting
-          Refusing food or bottle
-          Diarrhea and a little rise in temperature are symptoms which should be taken seriously. Doctors still disagree about associating these symptoms to teething. The best thing is to contact your doctor in case your child has a high fever or looses stools

How can I help my child?

Here are some tips to ease teething:
-          Gently press with your clean finger on your baby’s gum and massage it.
-          Offer your child a hard teething toy to chew on it.
-          You may also use teething rings that can be cooled in the fridge.
-          In case your child is very irritated you may use oral gel medicine that you can apply on the gum and relief the child.

This teething process can be frustrating for your child and you. The best thing is to know how to relief your child and how to make this process less painful. Always consult your pediatrician before using any medical remedy.