Parenting is a beautiful journey and with every progress comes with it more pride that your bundle of joy is growing to be an amazing person.Then you reach stages like teething and oh my! Sleepless nights for some of us, hospital trips because of diarrhea, headaches, fever etc. For those of us who are yet to reach this stage some tips are in order just to make this phrase a little bearable for you.
All babies are different when it comes to the development stages. I was informed that I started teething at three months so when my son was around three months I used to look at him like “Hey! It is time to teeth” occasionally I would just take a sneak peek in his mouth just to see if there was anything popping out soon. Four months! Five months! Six months! Seven. Nothing! All the way up to eleven and a half months is when he finally started to show signs of teething. I was worried and consulted Google at various points to try and see if I could find any solution whatsoever.
I have tried to take a picture of his teeth but he always looks at me weird so I will just wait until he is laughing for that (that should go in his scrapbook). So usually kids will teeth between four and seven months, the late ones will go all the way up to two years.
Normally the two bottom middle teeth will appear first then the upper middle ones later on. If they happen to be vice versa like some of us do not worry, look! We turned out perfectly fine. Then after that the back and side ones will appear later on. Sometimes there are cases where the teeth seem not so straight, that should not worry you though. They often straighten later on by themselves. By around the age of two years, our babies should have 20 tiny teeth in their mouth and the ‘milk teeth’ will fall off around age six.
How do I know that my baby has started teething?
It should be noted that not all babies have it rough. A friend of mine told me how she had to take her baby to hospital for she was sick due to teething, some have fever, diarrhea. There are some common symptoms that will tend to appear though in almost all babies.
Irritability. They seem to just be cranky all the time.
Sleep problems. Some babies do not want to sleep during this period; I am thinking it is because of how uncomfortable they are.
Biting in to things. I literally had my collar bones being bitten into; the table had its share as well. Just basically anything he could get his hands on, he would love to bite into it.
Drooling and more drooling for some.
Some children do not want food as well.
The gums of the babies swell and are very sensitive.
According to my research though doctors do not think that the sickness that babies experience such as high fever and diarrhea during this time is due to teething as such. They explain that the fever is caused as a result of the inflammation in the gums and usually the diarrhea is because your baby’s excessive saliva ends up in his gut and loosens his stools.
However during this period you should consult the pediatrician if you feel your child is exhibiting worrying symptoms. As a mother you should maintain hygiene, teething can also expose your child to various infections.
What simple remedies will help me to cope with teething?
Drooling will tend to cause rashes on babies with sensitive skin. To help in this wipe it away with a very soft cloth and apply some oil on to it.
Give them something to bite on. There are usually the rubber teething rings or sometimes carrots will do for babies who are a bit older for they can be a choking hazard to the little ones.
There are also teething gels which are rubbed on the babies gums to ease the pain. Before you use these ones it would be advisable to check with your doctor just in case the baby has allergic reactions.
How can I take care of my toddlers teeth?
You should take it upon yourself to clean his teeth at least twice in a day. This should be done before breakfast and after his last meal or drink of the day. However you need to do this regularly so that he gets used to the idea before you now leave him to do it by himself. It can be a bit of a tiring job as he would want to chew on the tooth brush or play with it as a toy but we must do it for strong healthy teeth. However do not force him as he needs to like the idea of cleaning his teeth. Sometimes you can brush together or even let him brush yours so that he can as well allow you to brush his own when you ask him to. Also remember to brush in a circular motion as side to side may hurt his gums as they are still so tender. Do not forget the back side as well.
When he reaches a year, start taking him to the dentist. The dentist can be able to detect if there is any issue with his teeth early enough. Do not assume that because they are milk teeth and will fall off, they do not need proper attention.
Watch what your baby eats; avoid sugary foods like ice cream and sweets as much as possible. To have healthy teeth your baby should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that include calcium and vitamin D in his diet. Vitamin D helps his body to absorb calcium, which he needs to grow strong bones and TEETH. Dairy products such as cheese are good sources of calcium. And there’s vitamin D in milk, eggs, and fortified foods such as margarine and breakfast cereals. If your baby won’t drink much milk since being weaned, make sure he has dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese instead to supplement this.
Don’t put your infant down for a nap with a bottle of juice, formula, or milk. Sugary liquids cling to baby’s teeth, feeding bacteria that can trigger tooth decay. If you must give your child a bottle to take to bed, make sure it contains only water. Water is very healthy.
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