Teething is the process where new teeth (milk/permanent tooth) erupts into oral cavity.
Most babies get their first tooth around 6 months old. However, some infants teeth erupt as early as three months old, while others don't get theirs until after the first birthday. Teething symptoms can precede the actual appearance of a tooth by as much as two or three months
Every baby experiences teething differently: Some have virtually no symptoms, while others experience teething pain for months. Fortunately, there are some signs to watch for.
- Drooling (excess salivation).
- Biting: Pressure from teeth poking through under the gums causes baby a lot of discomfort. To help with this pain, the baby has the habit to bite on any object, especially hard ones, to relieve the pain.
- Crying and irritability.
- Refusal to feed.
- Night waking.
- Teething can cause bleeding under the gums, which may look like a bluish lump in baby's mouth.
- Teething rashes - If your teething baby is drooling, the constant drip may cause redness and rashes around mouth and chin (and even on neck).
- Chewing : Teething babies love to chew to relive the pain. Rubber teething rings, rattles and other chewy, soft toys work well. Chewing is even more effective when the object is cold as it numbs the gums.
- Foods : Hard non sugary biscuits are available in the market which can be given to a baby to relieve the pain. This can be given only to babies having exposure to solid foods.
- Counter pressure : Your clean finger, a soft, wet toothbrush (no toothpaste) rubbed firmly on baby's gums can provide the same soothing counter pressure as teething rings and wet cloths.
- Pain relief : If chewing, rubbing don't do the trick, you can give the baby a pain reliever gels — but only after checking with your dentist.
Last updated on 20 November, 2018.