After seeing those toothless smiles for a few months isn’t it a real beauty to see those pearly buds in your baby’s mouth. But, along with all that joy comes a lot of confusion and stress. There are many things which a parent may not know.
We elaborate below on all the baby teething information you need to know.
1. It is a common myth that all babies get their teeth between 4 and six months. But in reality, the range is much bigger. It could be anywhere between 3 months and 14 months. If your baby is healthy and happy, there is no need to worry even if the teeth come late. It has nothing to do with the health of that baby. Family history is to blame.
2. Many people, including some health professionals, assume that it is okay for the baby to have a slight fever, runny nose and diarrhea during teething. This is totally baseless. The symptoms could be because the baby is ill. Slight cuts appear on the gums when the baby is teething, and this could have allowed bacteria to enter and cause illness.
3. Mild drooling is normally associated with teething. But if the drooling is excessive the reason could be something else.
4. Babies do a lot of biting when they get their teeth. Experts are of opinion that this is very crucial. All that biting allows the teeth to form in time. It also makes the teeth to erupt in proper sequence and fully formed.
5. All biting toys are not good. A baby needs to bite on a toy with all parts of his mouth. Not just the front portion. Many biting toys are too big to go into the mouth, for the simple reason that it should not choke the kid. But it is better to select a toy that will go into the mouth but still big enough not to choke the baby. This will give a better biting experience for the child. A wet cloth cooled in the fridge is an ideal biting toy.
6. Many mothers doubt whether they can nurse when the baby is teething. Doctors are of opinion that breast milk actually soothes the pain that the baby feels during teething. It acts as an analgesic. Moreover, babies find nursing to be a soothing activity.
7. Doctors advise against using any teething gel to sooth the baby’s gums during teething. They are not safe for the child. It is better to use the finger or a wet cloth to rub on the gums to relieve the baby from pain.
8. Teething rings filled with gel or liquid should not be used. A sharp tooth could puncture the ring, and harmful liquid should go inside. Frozen foods, as a relief for pain, also should be avoided as pieces could break off and choke the baby. A wet towel cooled in the freezer is best for relief from pain.
These are just a few tips for would-be parents. Teeth care is much larger subject that should be taken up more extensively.