Baby's first tooth
One of the many bittersweet things about your baby’s development is the unveiling of the first tooth. The cutting of the teeth is associated with gum and jaw discomfort as the baby's tooth prepares to erupt through the gum tissue.
The common period for the first baby teeth eruption is between the 4th and the 8th month after baby’s arrival into the world, but it isn’t so rare for the first teeth to appear about the child’s first birthday. Very few babies are even born with the presence of a tooth (so-called: the “natal” tooth condition). All of this is quite normal. Moreover, there is a wide range of common infant’s reactions to teething: some babies experience very strong pain, some babies don’t; some babies have apparent signs that their teeth are starting to grow, such as red and swollen gums, some don’t. In general, your baby will have its 20 teeth completely grown by the age of four.
Here are several common symptoms that are often related to the baby teeth unveiling. However, if your baby experiences some of these symptoms and you aren’t sure if it’s due to the teething, it would be better to consult the pediatrician.
- Biting and bringing hands to the mouth is a very common symptom, that decreases the pressure in baby’s gums. You can help your child by buying special toys for that purpose and cleaning them properly.
- Cold symptoms may arise as your baby is putting everything in their mouth, and is at risk for bacteria.
- Increased drooling usually occurs when the baby is three or four months old.
- Mild rash around the mouth is also caused by the increased drooling. The best option for you is to frequently wipe your baby’s mouth with a very soft cotton pad.
- Rubbing the cheek or ear region reduces the pain and/or itching due to the teething. But you should be careful, since this symptom can also occur as a result of an ear inflammation.
- Small and sharp teeth move towards the gum surface makes your child cry and get fussy. Your baby can also be embarrassed and agitated by the feeling of something new and unknown in its jaws.
- Decreased sleeping and restlessness is a very common symptom caused by a strong gum pain during the day and night.
- if your baby experiences a light fever, you should call the pediatrician if it lasts longer than two or three days.
- Dan Canfield