What are signs of teething?
Teething is a process by which baby’s first tooth appears in the mouth. It commonly starts between 6th and 10th month of age, but we should be aware that almost all buds of primary (milk) teeth develop during the pregnancy. Accordingly, we can say that teething, actually, starts in the womb.
When does the first tooth erupt?
Babies are usually born toothless. Still, it is possible to see a baby born with its first tooth. However, the majority of them get their first tooth, the lower central incisor (the middle tooth in the lower jaw), between 6th and 10th month of age. Yet, this moment is relative. Your baby can surprise you with a tooth even before the third month, or you can wait to be surprised for months afterward. In any case, you shouldn’t worry. Your primary job now is to monitor this new situation thoroughly. Only if the first tooth doesn’t come out until the 18th month, you should see your pediatrician dentist and ask for some advice.
Generally, the first teeth that come out between 6th and 10th month of baby’s life are the lower central incisors – the middle teeth in the lower jaw. The eruption of the upper central and lateral incisors follow it.
The signs of teething
There is a very long list of symptoms that can bother your child while teething. On the other hand, a number of babies don’t experience any of them. Your job as a parent is to be there and patiently observe the situation, helping your child to out pass this period easily.
Here are some general symptoms that you can spot:
A tooth is seen throughout the gums – You can notice a white cap under the swollen gingiva
Drooling – Your child’s body starts to produce more saliva in order to lubricate painful gums. Still, he can’t swallow all of it and starts drooling more than usual.
Chewing and sucking on everything – These actions gently massage their gums and soothe the symptoms they have
Sleeping troubles – Because of the discomfort they feel, the children in the teething period have sleep troubles. Moreover, they may stay awake longer at night or get up earlier than usual.
Irritability – There are various behavior patterns to express these symptoms. Babies may be fussy for weeks, or just be nervous for a couple of days, until the pain goes away.
Symptoms that are mistakenly related to teething:
There are a few symptoms that parents sometimes relate to teething.Fever
It is very important not to dismiss them, thinking that they are just from teething, especially if they last longer than 24 hours. Although your babies continually put things in their mouth that can cause the infection, these symptoms are not regular for the teething period.
All things considered, the American Dental Association recommends parents to take their babies to see the dentist around six months of age, when the first milk teeth start erupting. This is essential to prevent any potential problems.