Teething is a process during which an infant develops his first teeth, also known as deciduous teeth or milk teeth. Milk teeth are temporary and don’t fall off until the permanent ones bloom. Tooth buds are formed inside the gums and start developing whilst the baby is in their mother’s womb.
During your parenting journey, you might notice how perfectly different your baby’s development process is in comparison with the rest. You would wish to celebrate and mark his notable days in his baby book. Teething is one such developmental milestone which occurs in first few months of your baby’s life. Your baby’s teeth will start erupting at around six months of age. Babies who are early bloomers develop teeth at around 3 months of age, whereas, late bloomers develop teeth around their first birthday.
Teething Timeline of Every Kid
- The ‘first to appear’ ones is a pair of frontal teeth that grow in the middle of lower gums.
- Then the top middle teeth erupt.
- By the age of three, a baby develops a full set of 20 baby teeth.
- At the age of six, permanent teeth begin to sprout while the previous milk teeth start falling out.
6 Signs & Symptoms of Teething
With the appearance of the first tooth, pain is also commonly noted. There are a few signs and symptoms that indicate your baby is about to hit this milestone.
Teething may cause pain and aches in your little one’s mouth. This irritability may last for a few hours, days or even weeks.
2. Refusing food
Fussy babies may crave for something soothing to relieve their aching gums. For instance, they may search for breast or bottle feed, but suckling may worsen your baby’s sore gums.
Babies who are on their solid diet may refuse to eat and remain cranky while you insist on feeding.
3. Referred Pain
Your little one may start rubbing their cheeks or pull their ears to soothe their toothache. Rubbing the cheeks, chin or ear soothes these areas as common nerves innervate them.
Teething triggers drooling. This starts soon after your baby hits the third month of their life. Use a bib to keep your baby clean and comfortable and keep on wiping his chin throughout the day.
5. Teething rash
Drooling may cause chapping, redness and rashes around your baby’s chin. Gently wipe his chin and apply some nursing cream or lotion to protect your baby’s skin.
Biting and chewing provide some relief on the gums from the erupting teeth. To soothe his aches your baby might chew on your nipples and this could cause you soreness. Use warm compresses in between feeding to assist with the soreness.
The signs and symptoms listed above can begin before the first tooth erupts and can last until the final tooth makes its way out. Most babies are cranky and fussy during their teething period, while some babies display minimal signs of the process.
3 Myths about Teething
Myths are not necessarily based on facts but have found origins within culture and tradition. Teething is an important event in your baby’s life. It is all about taking care with patience and precautions. Discussed below are a few myths that a parent needs to know.
1. Amber teeth necklace
This myth talks about a necklace made up of amber beads that help in pain relief during teething. According to the myth when your baby’s body temperature increases, the beads which are known to contain healing properties, should assist with the teething process. However, it is important to note such might not necessarily be true and these beads could be a choking hazard.
Teething can be associated with a slight increase in body temperature. However, there is no direct correlation between the process of teething and fever. In most cases, an increase in temperature usually indicates some underlying ailment which requires medical attention. Do not wait for the fever to wane, if it is high, make sure you consult with your medical professional.
3. Reliever Gel
Using pain relievers like liquid gel and medications such as aspirin or benzocaine are not safe for your baby. Such pain relievers are not recommended for babies below two years of age.
Few signs such as continuous crying, fussiness or cranky mood could also point to something other than teething. Consulting your pediatrician is always recommended initially.
2 Medications given During Teething
Your baby may panic due to prolonged discomfort and pain. Giving oral medicines to relieve his pain would help him feel better. There are certain medicines that help in eliminating toothache such as
A conventional pain reliever that is most frequently used to reduce pain. It is reliable and safe as it does not pose any other health problems.
Another most commonly used pain reliever that helps in reducing swelling, inflammation, fever or minor aches.
These are prescribed by the pediatricians and should be taken according to the recommended dosage.
You can also see our video on 7 Tips to soothe pain from Teething
7 Tips to soothe a toothache
Home remedies help in providing immediate relief and pose no harmful effects as there are no chemical salts or any synthetic compound mixed in it. Few of them are mentioned below which can be used at home for early relief.
1. Cold compression
Applying a clean cold damp cloth or ice wrapped in a clean cloth can help numb a toothache.
2. Cold Food
You can give your baby frozen yogurt, blended frozen purees or frozen fruits and vegetables which can help soothe your baby’s gums.
Distracting your baby by giving him some toy or playing with him can help him rejuvenate his mood and would make him less fussy.
4. Teething Toys
These toys help distract your baby and sucking on them helps to relieve the pain.
5. Facial Massage
Gentle pressure helps to soothe the pain. Move your fingertips in a circular motion to gently massage your baby’s face, jaws, and gums.
6. Extra virgin coconut oil
Dip your clean fingers in coconut oil and rub it on your baby’s gums. Do this only once a day. This gentle pressure helps to soothe the pain.
7. Chamomile Tea Bags
A popular remedy that helps baby to relax. Rub cool chamomile tea bags over your baby’s gums to help them feel better.
Such ways can help in making your baby feel better during his teething process.
Our Final Thoughts on Teething
Remember each baby is different and what works for one baby may not work for another. You need to have patience and keep trying to see what suits your baby. If the above-mentioned ways do not help you, you should consult with your pediatrician for a more efficient way in dealing with the teething journey.
Do share with us in the Comment section below about what kind of problems you have faced with you baby while Teething. Also, try these methods and let us know if these do work effectively for your baby or not.
Thanks for Reading. Happy Parenting.