Baby teething is the process in which one or more teeth start to grow for your baby. Every baby has to teeth. Teething is the rite of passage for every child. It is just a matter of time when your baby will start to teeth. The teething process sometimes can be painful while others may seem nothing. There is not a single pattern on when it will begin, how long it will take and how painful it will be. Therefore, the best solution to baby teething is to equip yourself with as much knowledge on teething as possible. With that being said, the following paragraphs describe some of the common teething symptoms and relieves and also include my experiences in dealing with my child when he was teething.
Let’s start with the period first. The teething period for infant usually starts at the 6th or 7th month after birth on average. There is really not a set of fixed teething schedule for the babies. Some babies can start to teeth as early as the 4th or 5th month after birth while others may teeth as late as a year and a half later. In general, it’s believed that the teething schedule of infants may follow the patterns of parents. But it may not be so. For my case, my baby started the teething process on the 7th month after birth. It was an on-going process in which it lasted until my child was 1 and a half year old. And the process is still in progress as my child hasn’t had the full set of teeth yet.
In terms of which teeth will erupt first during the teething process, the incisors which are the two central top and two bottom teeth will come out first when your child starts to teeth at the age of 6 to 7 months. After that, at the age of 7 to 9 months, two more incisors will start to erupt, making four top and four bottom teeth in total. At about a year old, the molars (double teeth) and canines (pointed teeth) can be seen in your babies. Most children will have a full set of primary teeth, 20 in total, by the time they are around two or three years old. For my baby, he had the exact same pattern of teething in which the incisors came out first, follow by the molars and the canines.
Some common teething symptoms seen for a teething baby are finger biting, sometimes loss of appetite, excessive drooling, ear pulling, minor fever and probably lack of sleep. Sometimes your child may even be crying a lot for no whatever reason. For my case, the only symptoms seen on my baby were excessive drooling and finger biting. During this period, finger biting seemed to be the order of everyday. My baby not only chewed on his little thumb but also on whatever items he could get his hands on. Therefore, to prevent my baby from getting hazardous items into his mouth, I got my child teething toys specially designed for biting and chewing. The suggestion here is that try to get a couple of these toys with different colors and shapes for your kids. You may not know what your kids like. Let your kids choose what suits them the most.
Moreover, your child may experience a change in behavior during the teething period caused by the eruption of teeth. The uneasiness of your child is normally due to the soreness of the gum. Therefore, a common guide to easing the teething pain is to let your child bite on chilled teething rings and toys to relief the soreness of the gum. Cold food is also one of the best temporary remedies to teething symptoms.
As mentioned above, the teething process can be unpleasant sometimes. Some are experiencing even worse symptoms. Anyway, the symptoms of teething vary from child to child. Therefore, some of the symptoms may seem vague while others are obvious. In general, if your child is experiencing some of the symptoms discussed above and you not sure if your child is teething, the best way to find out is to always check with your doctor.
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