Teething made easy

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September 13, 2012 by parentinginindia

Teething is an important milestone in an infant’s development cycle. The first tooth is normally after 6 months and before 1 year. It is normally the bottom tooth – incisor which cuts in first. The first signs of teething is excessive drooling, swollen, red gums and the baby will repeatedly want to bite onto something or put his/her hands in the mouth. Some may even have low grade fever and gentle stomach upset however a violet breakdown in health is not teething symptoms and a doctor must be consulted immediately.

Dhruv cut his first incisor when he was 11 months, i remember him continuously wanting to bite on to something and was very irritable and constantly crying. A cool, soft water filled and ribbed teether was a quick and easy remedy. Teething is a painful experience for babies so parents can ease the pain by massaging the pained part with warm honey, soft liquid filled teethers.

The milk teeth generally appear in pairs and the process of cutting all the 20 temporary teeth is completed by the middle of the third year. These milk teeth continue to function upto the sixth or seventh year. Then the permanent teeth begin to push them out gradually. They fall off one by one and the vacant spaces are taken up by growing permanent teeth. For most babies, the first tooth is the worst and they tend to get easier after that.

It is recommended that the baby dont goto bed with a nursing bottle; this will lead to teeth decay. Bacteria in the baby’s mouth reacts with sugar to amke acid. while the baby is asleep, more acid stays on the teeth to cause cavities. If a bottle is given at night, unsweetened, boiled water may be the best for teething babies. Decayed teeth make it difficult for the baby to eat harder foods which are needed for good health. The baby may stop eating well, or stay on soft foods for too long.

Teeth care is an important everyday ritual parents should start off once babies start teething. Regular wiping teeth with clean gauze or pad or a soft finger brush can help maintain healthy teeth. After about 12 months, a soft baby brush can be used with a low fluoride toothpaste


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