Teething; Symptoms And Care
– Ways to take care of your child when he/ she is teething.
– Signs that will make you know that your child is teething.
Every infant passes through the stage of teething, although the month at which children teeth differs from one another. But in most cases, most babies bring out their first tooth when they are between 4 and 7 months old.
Teething refers to the eruption of milk teeth in babies. It is their first stage of teething, they sprout milk teeth through the gums.
This stage in babies’ dentition is actually a delicate stage that requires much care and attention from the nursing mother or the guardian.
Although research has it that teeth actually start developing when the baby is in the womb and tooth buds form in the gums.
Also, during the eruption of teeth, a tooth can erupt at a time and in some cases, many teeth will sprout at once.
Teething comes with certain signs and symptoms, although some babies do not give any sign at all when they are teething. But in most cases, the symptoms of teething include the following;
- The baby might have a tendency to fuss, cry or to be ill-tempered, even with a simple touch.
- The infant might also encounter trouble sleeping.
- Drooling is also another symptom.
- Also, fever, diarrhea, or a runny nose happen to be symptoms for some babies.
- Consistent gnawing or chewing can also be evident.
- Lack of appetite or refusal to eat.
How to take care of babies when they are going through this stage of teething include;
1. Gently rubbing their gums with a clean finger, with a small cool spoon to have a soothing effect on the child’s gum.
2. You can also give your baby something to chew on, like a firm rubber or a clean teething ring,
3. Consult your pediatrician or dentist.
4. Also, you can gently wipe the drool off the baby’s chin with a soft cotton cloth.
5. Keep an eye on the baby for optimum care.