When do babies start teething, anyway? And does the arrival of teeth come with all of the fevers, cries, and sore gums that everybody says? Here’s what to expect with teething babies.
When Do Babies Start Teething?
You should expect the first teeth around the six month mark. usually the front middle teeth will come in first. Following them you will begin to see the first set of molars, the canines and the second set of molars. Babies have a total of 20 teeth — and most babies have a full set of teeth by age 3 years.
While newborns can be born with teeth, if you see something in your baby’s mouth at an extremely young age, it’s more likely to be what’s called Epstein’s Pearls. Epstein Pearls are white cysts that occur in 75% to 80% of newborns according to the AAPD. You should point them out to your pediatrician, but generally they tend to go away on their own, and don’t require treatment.
And although some children are considered late bloomers and don’t get any teeth until later on (especially if you were a late bloomer), its best to check with a dentist to make sure there’s no reason for concern. Most children should visit the dentist after the first tooth appears and before thir first birthday.
Clear Symptoms of Teething
Teething has been blamed on everything from drooling and irritability to even fevers and diarrhea. In fact, whenever a kid seems out of sorts between the ages of 0 and 2, a parent is likely to name teething as a culprit. But the two common signs of teething are excess drooling and lots of chewing on things like toys, books, and fingers.
Babies may also show signs of oral discomfort and irritability but blaming runny noses, fevers, colds and earaches on teething are just myths. Most babies will teethe for about 2.5 years, from age 6 months to 3 years, which is a long time. The colds and minor illnesses that occur during this period of a baby’s life are unrelated to teething. So if your baby is running a high fever or comes down with a case of dreaded diarrhea, you should get things checked out by a doctor.
Soothing Teething Babies
When your baby is fussy because of tooth issues, it’s time to get out the teething rings and other toys that are safe to chew on. There are also teething pacifiers that can be filled with small pieces of frozen fruit, which babies can chew. Parents should avoid medications like Anbesol, Orajel, Tylenol, and other products marketed for teething babies unless recommended by a doctor.”
Pain relievers and medications that you rub on the gums are not necessary or useful since they wash out of the baby’s mouth within minutes. Some medication you rub on your child’s gums can even be harmful if too much is used and the child swallows an excessive amount. Stay away from teething tablets that contain the plant poison belladonna and gels with benzocaine. Belladonna and benzocaine are marketed to numb your child’s pain, but the FDA has issued warnings against both due to potential side effects.”
In addition, the AAP warns against teethers that contain BPA, or teething necklaces or bracelets that are made out of amber, wood, marble or silicone. Besides the fact that long teething necklaces may be choking hazards, the use of these necklaces is not supported by modern science, the AAP warns. Instead, they recommend wetting a washcloth, freezing it, and letting the baby chew on the nice, cold fabric.
Caring For Your Baby’s New Teeth
Even though they’re baby teeth and fall out eventually — how you treat your baby’s teeth now can affect the roots of the permanent teeth underneath. Visiting the dentist, avoiding added sugars, including sugary drinks, juice, and sweets, and brushing the teeth and gums with a rice-grain-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste twice a day is recommended best practice. (Fluoride toothpaste is safe when used in such small amounts.)
Your baby might not be a willing participant, especially is teething — which is all the more reason to go in for that checkup. Brushing your baby’s teeth can be challenging,but your dentist can show you ways to make brushing easier.”
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