Like any concerned and good parent, you are probably excited about every milestone in your baby’s life like the baby teething stage. From his first step to his first word, each of these moments will surely occupy a special place in your heart. Sometimes, your baby’s growth and development can be uncomfortable but teething is one part of child’s development that can most likely cause him stress and pain. However, do you know that baby teething does not have to be painful and frustrating for your baby or you?
Every baby is different; however in general, most babies go through the teething stage between the age of 4 and 6 months. This process generally lasts until the age of three or four. The incisors come out first and these are followed by the first set of molars then the canines, and finally the second set of molars. The baby’s teeth will stay there until the adult teeth come out, usually when the child reaches the age of six.
How your baby’s teeth come out also varies from one child to another. For some, cutting teeth occur relatively quickly and may involve little to no pain at all. Others have a more painful experience with their cutting teeth, and may get sever pain or fevers because of the teething process. Heredity also plays a very big role in the baby teething process; thus, if you experienced rough time during this stage, there is a possibility that your child will experience the same too.
There are some symptoms that indicate that your baby is going through the teething process. For instance, one of the most common symptoms is irritability. If without any reason your baby becomes very fussy, check his mouth and if you see a rise or a lump in your baby’s gums, chances are that he is already in the baby teething stage. Other signs include drooling caused the by the saliva production as stimulated by cutting teeth, coughing caused by the extra saliva getting in the wind pipe occasionally, diarrhea caused by the extra saliva loosening the stool, cheek and ear pulling caused by the pain traveling to the ears and cheeks, and occasional fevers.
To help ease the pain experienced by your baby, you can try out some remedies. One of the most common is with the use of a teething ring which can provide counter-pressure that will help ease the pain experienced by the baby. Cold food like ice cream and yogurt can also help. There are also some medicines that can help relieve the pain such as infant Orajel or Tylenol. However, you should first check with your pediatrician before giving your baby any medication.
As your baby goes through the baby teething process, it will be up to you to take care of them. You may need to start brushing those new little teeth and refrain from putting the baby to bed with a feeding bottle since drinking milk all night may cause tooth decay. When your baby reaches his first year of age, you may need to make his first appointment with the dentist.