Baby’s Teething Timeline: A Complete Reference Guide
Teething is incredibly painful – both for the baby as well as for the mom. But you can still do a lot to soothe the pain to help the baby get past this painful milestone. Here is a complete reference guide regarding the baby’s teething timeline.
Our happiness knew no bounds when our baby had adopted a stable sleeping routine after being four months old. Then teething occurred. He started by rubbing his gums and sucking his thumb. Afterwards, he started growing uncomfortable with the pain accompanied by growing teeth. As per child experts, there are certain factors that govern the baby’s reaction to teething – such as his or her tolerance for pain and the density of gums. Of course, there are babies who would start growing teeth without any visible pain.
Signs and symptoms of teething
As per a study published in Pediatrics, teething was accompanied by the following symptoms:
- Mild temperature
- Decrease in appetite
- Rashes on face
- Rubbing gums
The first cutting teeth
While the process of development of teeth starts much earlier, the symptoms start appearing only when the first tooth is set to appear. Here is how:
- In-utero roots: Tooth bud formation starts in the mouth of the baby during the second trimester of pregnancy. The tissues above the tooth are pressurized by the teeth that are forming below, and in the process they start breaking up.
- Top and bottom teeth: Usually, the two bottom front teeth are the first to appear, followed by four upper teeth.
- Molar mayhem: Yes, these create a lot of it. Molars start appearing around the first birthday of the child, followed by the canines. Then around the second birthday, the second set of molars start appearing.
How to keep new teeth healthy
Babies grow their full set of 20 teeth (yes, 20) between ages 1 and 3. Here is how to keep new teeth healthy:
- First dental examination by first birthday: The baby should be taken to a dental expert by his or her first birthday. The existence of any signs of tooth decay will be checked by the dentist along with the feeding and cleaning habits.
- Use tap water for brushing your baby’s teeth
- Use Floride toothpaste when the baby turns two to aid in development of teeth and bones.
Some common FAQs about teething problems
Q. Why do the teething symptoms become worse at night?
There might not be any specific reason behind why the teething symptoms worsen at night. This may be due to the baby becoming tired at night and not enough things being there to distract the child from pain.
Q Are there any remedies for teething symptoms?
Well, there might not be many. “For most infants, nonmedicinal therapies such as chewing on cool washcloths, frozen teething rings, and other such items is usually enough to ease the pain. If you feel your baby needs something more, acetaminophen usually does the trick. If not, it is important to discuss this with your doctor, as something more than teething may be going on,” says Dr. Michael McKenna, pediatrician at Indiana University School of Medicine.
However you could try teething toys available at Flipkart/Amazon/Your Local Toy Store
Q. My baby is running a fever during teething. Is it normal?
Well, not many people are sure about that and any info that you are having in this regard might not be correct. Recent research points seem to confirm that some symptoms, including fever around 101 degrees Fahrenheit, may be associated with teething,” Dr. Michael McKenna says. “However, it is important to note that there was no association with high fevers (those greater than 102 degrees Fahrenheit), and that around a third of teething infants had no symptoms. Whether your child is teething, it is still a good idea to call your child’s doctor for further advice.”
Q. How to take care of the baby’s teeth when he/she starts developing them?
As per Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann, “You do not need toothpaste at this stage. Around 1 year of age, gently brush your child’s teeth with a soft toothbrush and a tiny bit of nonfluoride toothpaste. Some pediatric dentists may recommend a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste for some toddlers. Around age 1 is also a good time to check in with a pediatric dentist.”