Once they are born ,babies go through several stages to reach their adulthood. Cutting a tooth is one of those things that we have experienced that in our life.
This stage of our life and needs our attention. For this reason , in our article , we have prepared a complete view of baby’s cutting a tooth, signs, how to manage the pain some caring tips. If have a baby waiting for their first tooth , you need to read this.
Cutting a tooth: when do the first baby teeth come out?
Though babies teeth begin to shape early in their mother’s womb, they need to reach their six month of age for their tooth to come out. This may vary from one baby to another. Earlier than six month or later is also one such difference.
Once teeth begin to grow and come out, there are some signs that we explain in the following list.
What are the signs for baby’s teeth?
The most important signs of growing teeth are:
- Being responsive
- Pulling their ears or cheeks
- Not willing to be fed
- Constantly waking up especially during the night
- Itchy gums
Let’s say not every baby experience these signs and some baby may not have specific signs. The above signs are the most frequent ones.
When does teething begin to start?
Teething starts two or three month earlier than babies’ first milk teeth. These signs show that teeth are beginning to grow because babies feel itchy on their gums. Teeth are pushing the gums to come out. Unless the teeth come out completely, these signs seem to appear regularly. The pain can grow bigger when infants reach to the six month of age.
Eight ways to lessen the infants growing teeth
Naturally every infant experience the pain of a growing tooth and that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be thinking of a way to relieve the pain. We should be prepared how to take care of our babies during their initial challenge. Bellow there are eight helpful tips to relieve the pain of teething that are worth trying.
Get your baby to be busy chewing
The more they chew, the less they feel the pain. Infants are born with this mechanism to decrease their pain. Get your babies a pacifier or soft toys to chew on. Be careful those toys should be large enough to prevent that from catching in their throat.
Put those toys into the fridge Not the freezer and Not for a long time. Low temperature toys can lessen their pain.
Do something yourself
Most of the time mothers can do a great favor. Wash your hands and let your baby chew on your fingers.Give their gums a soft massage or use a soft small toothbrush.
Give them a cool drink
As they drink something cool, they don’t feel the pain. Get them to drink water or something cool in a controlled way if they are old enough to drink that (definitely over six months)
Don’t forget cold food
Here we mean foods that we put into the fridge. let that be cool enough for babies to eat. Yogurt can be a great example.Grated apples that are fresh and just are out of the fridge. These are healthy and unique in relieving the pain.
If necessary, use painkillers
When the above tips can’t help to treat the pain , and you see your babies are in a lot of pain which is not happening everytime but maybe their initial teeth, try to use acetaminophen ( for infants).Be careful this should never be done without your pediatric dentist prescription.
Pay more attention to your babies
Help them forget the pain. Try to make them busy and play with them. Provide toys and feed your babies well. Be kind and kiss your baby.
Never use dental anesthetics!
Never use herbal or chemical anesthetics for making babies gums numb. These anesthetics must not be used for children under two years old.
Using anesthetics (whether herbal or chemical) can cause shortage of oxygen, leading to cardiovascular diseases.
Never use alcohol in order to relieve the pain of growing teeth.
Get rid of pacifier necklaces
Some people instead of using pacifier or soft toys, they use pacifier necklaces which are a great danger for babies and may strangle them. These shouldn’t be around the babies.
Five tips that all parents should know about how to take care of baby teeth
Now that you know how to relieve the pain of teething, there are some more things you need to know about growing teeth. For those parents with their first children, this is a must.
First thing is knowing the time for baby teeth
Those parents who have seen their babies challenges are experienced in tackling most of the problems. With their first baby coming, most parents are dealing with the questions like, when is the teething? Read the following answers for your questions.
Add fluoride to the babies diet
Fluoride is a mineral substance great in making the enamel of teeth strong and prevent them from decaying. In most of the countries Fluoride is added to the drinking water. If you are not sure about yours, check out the ways of adding that to babies diet. Don’t forget your pediatric dentist’s opinion.
After teething, brush babies’ teeth
Parents should take care of their babies teeth.Brush them twice a day. For babies, the amount of toothpaste is different from that of adults. Use much smaller amount (like a tiny grain of rice).
Upon reaching three years of age, they can use a little more toothpaste.
The most important tip to know is that parents should supervise their children brushing their teeth. When children are seven or eight , they can brush their teeth by themselves and they should keep on doing that twice a day.
Having the first signs of growing a tooth, take your baby to a pediatric dentist
Almost all dentistry centers believe that, parents should take their babies to pediatric dentists. They check the baby’s health, how the teeth grow, and teach parents necessary instructions about teeth hygiene and caring tips about mouth and teeth. These visits to the dentists are educational and medical check-ups or prescriptions can be taken into account.
Ask for advice about fluoride varnish
Fluoride varnish is a dental treatment that can prevent tooth decay. Ask your pediatric dentist whether this way is suitable for your children considering their age or not. Ask them when the best time for fluoride varnish is?