Baby Teething Symptoms and How to Help Baby Cope
Pennington for SmartMom
When the baby teething process begins, it is a very traumatic experience not only for the baby but for the mother as well. There are no absolutes as to when it will begin, how long it will take and how painful it may be. Some babies go through the teething process quite easily while others suffer through a drawn out and painful experience.
Baby teething is normally a hereditary process, a baby’s teething pattern follow those of mother or the father. On the average, baby’s first tooth comes out on the seventh month but they can also come out as early as three months, as late as a year, or in very rare cases even later. However, if your baby is already more than a year old and he has no teeth yet, it is best to consult with your family doctor and a dental pediatrician.
There are cases of babies born with a front tooth (this happens 1 out of every 2000 births or 0.0005%). Should this happen to you, it is best to consult a pediatric dentist as this situation can affect breastfeeding.
A child has a total of twenty primary teeth, which most children have by the time they reach the age of 2 or 3 years. Primary teeth begin to fall out from the age of six until the approximately age 12 as a child’s set of second teeth begin to push through the gums. There is no set order in which baby teeth appear; however, it is unusual for a child not to get all twenty teeth by the age of 3 years.
The following is the most common baby teething pattern.
|6 to 7 months||Incisors||2 upper and 2 bottom|
|7 to 9 months||Lateral Incisors||2 upper and 2 bottom for a total of
4 upper teeth and 4 bottom teeth
|10 to 14 months||First Molar||2 upper and 2 bottom (First Double Teeth)|
|15 to 18 months||Canines||Pointed Teeth (Fangs)|
|2 to 3 years||Second Molars||2 upper and 2 bottom (Rear Double Teeth)|
Common Baby Teething Symptoms
Baby teething symptoms varies from one child to the next. These are just guidelines and should not be taken as gospel. If your baby exhibits any of the following symptoms, it is best to visit the baby’s pediatrician first to rule out the possibility of other causes of the symptoms other than the baby teething process.
- Bad Mood and Irritability
- Biting and Gnawing
- Cheek Rubbing and Ear Pulling
- Chin Rash
- Excessive Salivation or Drooling
- Irregular Sleep Patterns
- Low-grade Fever
Parents are very affected when their little one goes through baby teething pain and there are several methods they can try to help ease the pain. You can get your baby teething rings or teething biscuits (although they are a bit messy), water-filled or chilled rubber teething: these provide the necessary counter pressure when your baby bites down on them and can bring welcome relief. Make sure to give your baby plenty of cold water to drink, in a cup or nursing bottle â€“ your baby needs the extra water especially if the baby drools excessively or has loose bowel movement.
Cold food such as chilled yogurt, chilled applesauce and pureed peaches are also good alternatives and are definitely healthier and more nutritious than a chilled teething ring, taking care not to feed the baby all the time!
Some parents say that teething pain medications like Baby Orajel work great; however, always consult with your baby’s pediatrician before applying Baby Orajel to the gums.