Six-months-old is when teething usually occurs. However, it is quite normal for it to start between 3-12 months of age. By the time your child is around 3, they should have 20 primary teeth.
Usually it is the lower front teeth that arrive first. The upper teeth take a while to appear. You can expect them to show up around 13-14 months after the lower front teeth grew in.
Signs of teething might appear right before the first tooth bud starts appearing. 3-5 days before the tooth begins to show, symptoms might start appearing. However, as soon as the skin is broken by the tooth, the symptoms will start disappearing. With that said, here are some common symptoms.
1. Disturbed Sleep- Teething can cause pain. As a result of the pain, your child might be awake at night. If all of a sudden your child is having a hard time getting some rest, then this might be a sign that they are teething. Provide comfort to them if they are having a hard time settling.
2. Drooling- This is another common sign. If your child is teething, then their chin will likely end up very wet. The extra drool may lead to your child’s chin feeling sore. If this is the case, then you can take soft tissue and dab the damped areas.
3. Flushed Cheeks- Another sign that your child is teething is flushed cheeks. The reason why the cheeks go red is because of irritation. Irritation can be the result of the tooth that is making its way through the gum.
4. Chewing Fingers- Chewing fingers and chewing in general can help a child relieve the pressure of teething. If you notice your child is chewing their fingers, then make sure you clean their hands often. You want to make sure they don’t end up swallowing germs.
5. Chewing On Objects- As previously mentioned, chewing helps relieves pain and pressure. If your child seems to nibble on anything, then they could be teething. You could give them a teething ring or every a piece of cold carrot, as this can help their gums by making them feel soothed.
6. Gums Are Swollen- If the gums are swollen, it may be due to teething. This is also the case with red gums. You can soothe the gums by running your fingers on them. Make sure your fingers are clean.
7. Fractious- Your child might start acting irritable. This is because of the pain from teething. Cuddles, hugs and kisses may be one of the best things you can do for your child in this position.
8. Inconsistent Feelings- Things can become painful for your child, when they are teething. A tooth might be coming through if your child is hungry, but keeps on coming off of their bottle.
9. Buds Appearing- Inspect your child’s mouth, as there may be tooth buds in it. Look for small bumps near or along the gums. The more you do this, the better at looking for and finding tooth buds you will be.
You will want to provide your child with as much comfort as possible and with that said, here are some ways you can help your child while teething. The first thing you can do is rub the gum for around 2 minutes, and best of all, most babies will love this.
Objects are not always safe. Sometimes parents are surprised by this. This is why you should only provide objects deemed safe.
There are also over-the-counter medicines you can take, but always read the instructions. You won’t want to do anything wrong. Also, never give your child aspirin, as it has been associated with a very serious disease called Reye syndrome.
There are other ways parents use as teething remedies. Some of these remedies include using certain gels on the gums. However, a lot of experts have called such remedies into question, so if you plan on using any of the products below, make sure you speak with your doctor.
Teething Rings- Teething rings and toys are designed for babies who are teething. They are sold in various sizes, as well as shapes, and some are made with firm rubber, while some are just filled with water and need to sit in the fridge for a little bit. However, it is not a good idea to put such items in the freezer, as they could end up harming the gums, due to becoming too hard as a result of being frozen.
After a teething ring, toy or teether has been used, clean it. Do this every time they have been used. However, you will not want to fill teethers with boil water.
Don’t tie a teether or objects like it, around your child’s neck. You don’t want the cord to tighten are your child. This can cause irritation to the skin, as well as other things.
Often, babies will resist eating during teething. When they suck, more blood is brought to the gums, and this can make the area feel more sensitive. If they are resisting food, then there are a few things you can do to try and get them to eat, and some of those things include the following:
Ice Treat That Are Frozen- Frozen treats can help relieve discomfort. Make sure you watch your child closely if giving them a frozen treat. Also, help them when they need it, and place the cold food on their tooth.
Bananas and bagels that are frozen can also be good to give to teething babies. However, children should be older than 8 months before they are given it. Never give your kid spicy foods when they are teething because gums can become very irritated as a result.
Applesauce is also good. So is yogurt. Also, feel free to dip a washcloth in water and then freeze it.
Pain relievers should not be placed on the gums of a child. This is because if pain reliever is not used the right way, then side effects can occur. Some of these side effects include having a hard time swallowing, as well as causing a rash.
Never use aspirin on your child’s gum. Nor should you use teething powder. Both of of these can cause issues, so steer clear of them.
Never give alcohol to your child, and this is why you should read all medicine labels very carefully. Stay away from medicine that contains alcohol in it. Never give your child any beverages that contains alcohol in it too because it can be extremely harmful to your child, regardless of the amount that is given. Giving alcohol to your child is something you should never even consider doing because the last thing you want is to give your child some and then they suffer from serious side effects, so once again, make sure you read labels carefully and don’t give alcohol beverages to your child.