While still in your womb, your baby’s teeth are starting to develop. Your baby developed tooth buds which are a foundation for your baby’s teeth or milk teeth. The majority of babies sprout their first tooth from 4 to 7 months old. Whenever the first tooth makes its appearance, celebrate your baby’s milestone by taking pictures and noting the date of its appearance.
Your baby’s first tooth will be one of the bottom front pairs. Teeth usually come in sets of two so watch out for the other pair on the top.
Your baby’s first teeth are biting off teeth and not chewing teeth. Chewing on hard food is good for the developing of his jaw.
What are the signs of teething?
Many babies seem to be very uncomfortable while some breeze through the teething process. The following are the possible signs of a teething process:
- Biting behaviour
- Chewing behaviour
- Refusing food
- Sensitivity of the gums
- Sleep problems
- Swelling of the gums
Teething doesn’t cause diarrhea, fever, or vomiting. Give his doctor a call if your baby is experiencing these worrisome symptoms.
Treating remedies that might help your baby
There is nothing that you can do to make your baby’s teeth appear instantly but there are things that can comfort him if the teething process is bothering him. Here are some remedies that can help to comfort your baby:
- Give him a teething ring or cooled wet washcloth to chew on. Stay beside your baby when he is chewing something in case of choking.
- Massage his gums firmly but gently using your clean finger.
- Offer your baby cold food like applesauce or yogurt to lessen the pain and discomfort that he is feeling. Try not to give him teething biscuits because it contains sugar that could damage the teeth.
- Protect your baby’s chin from soreness by applying some petroleum jelly on his chin.
- Try a pain reliever that is suggested by his doctor to ease the pain and inflammation. Always follow the correct dosage instruction or ask a doctor or a pharmacist if you are unsure how much you can give to your baby.
How to keep your baby’s teeth clean?
- As soon as your baby’s teeth appear, brush them two times a day using a baby size toothbrush with a small amount of a kiddie toothpaste.
- Avoid giving your child too many sweets and brush his teeth right after he eats.
- Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle of milk. The sugars that can be found in his milk formula or breastmilk will sit on his teeth and will lead to tooth decay.
- Once your baby’s first teeth come out, start making an appointment with his dentist. Visiting a dentist at a very young age will help him get used to having is teeth looked at.
If your baby is showing no sign of tooth during his 18th month check up, inform his doctor or dentist right away. Also, if your baby is having unusual pain, don’t hesitate to call his doctor too.