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Baby Teething

Get Ready For The Arrival Of Your Baby’s Teeth

What you are about to discover will benefit you greatly. This article was written to answer many of the most frequently asked questions on the topic of teething. I hope you find all of this information helpful.

For a baby who is reasonably well, the age of teething is just a matter of the pattern of development the baby was born with. In one family most of the children teethe early, in another delayed. You can’t determine your baby is extra clever for teething early, or usually backward for teething late.

The typical baby gets the first tooth around 7 months, but has been drooling, biting, and having periods of fretfulness from the age of 3 or 4 months. Because babies get twenty teeth in their first 2 1/2 years, it is simple to see that they are teething most of that entire time. This also explains why it’s so easy to blame every complaint on teething.

In the bygone days it was the custom to blame teething for colds, diarrheas, or fevers. These conditions are caused by germs and not by teething. However, in some babies it looks as though teething lowers resistance, making it easier for an infection to begin at that time. But if your baby becomes sick while teething, or has a fever as high as 101F, a physician is required to identify and heal the disease just as much as if the baby had gotten sick when not teething.

Generally the first two teeth are the lower central incisors.; (“Incisor” is the name given to the eight front teeth, which have sharp cutting edges.) After a few months come the four upper incisors. The standard baby has these six teeth, four above, and two below, when about a year old. After this there’s commonly a break of several months. Then six more teeth are apt to come in, without much pause in between the two remaining lower incisors, and all four first molars. The molars don’t come in next to the incisor teeth but farther back, leaving a space for the canine teeth.

After the first molar tooth, there is a pause of a few months before the canines (the pointed “dog teeth”) come through in the spaces between the incisors and the molars. The typical time is in the second half of the second year. The last four teeth in the baby set are the second molars. They come in right behind the first molars, generally in the first half of the third year.

The first four molar teeth, which in the average baby come through between a year and a year and a half, are more expected to cause babies trouble than the others. They may be cranky and lose their appetites for days at a time. They may wake up crying a few times each night.

Let the baby chew. Sometimes parents think it’s a duty to keep their baby from putting objects in her mouth and chewing. This notion will certainly make the parents and the baby frantic in time. Most babies must put items in their mouths, off and on, at least from 6 months to 15 months. The best that a parent can do is provide chewable things that are dull enough so that if the baby falls with them in the mouth they won’t do too much harm.

Rubber teething rings of assorted shapes are good, but any piece of rubber that the baby can hold easily will do. You have to be wary about toys made from thin brittle plastic. Babies sometimes break off and swallow small bits or choke on them. You also have to be watchful that the baby doesn’t chew the paint off furniture and other items if there is any danger that the paint is made with lead.

These days practically all babies’ furniture and painted toys are painted with lead-free paint. You have to think about items that have been repainted at home or that were never expected to be chewed by babies. Some babies favor a certain kind of cloth for chewing on. Or, you can tie an ice cube or a slice of apple in a square of cloth. Let them have what they appear to want as long as it’s not hazardous.

You don’t have to worry about the germs on a teething ring or a preferred piece of cloth. They are the baby’s own germs, anyway. Of course, it’s a good idea to clean the teething ring with soap after it has fallen on the floor or after the dog has gotten it. If the baby chews on a piece of cloth, you can boil it occasionally. Some babies like to have their gums steadily rubbed at times.

Seeing is believing, but sometimes we can’t all experience every subject in life. This article hopes to make up for that by providing you with a valuable resource of information on this topic.

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Tackling The Appearance of Milk Teeth

The first set of teeth, or milk-teeth as they are called, are twenty in number; they commonly emerge in pairs, and those of the lower jaw usually precede the corresponding ones of the upper. The first of the milk-teeth is normally cut about the sixth or seventh month, and the last of the set at different periods from the twentieth to the thirtieth months.

Therefore the entire phase taken by the first dentition may be estimated at from a year and a half to two years. The course varies, however, in different individuals, both as to its full duration, and as to the periods and order in which the teeth make their appearance.

Their developement is a natural process. It is too frequently, however, rendered a tender and demanding one, by errors in the management of the routine and wellbeing of the infant during the process itself.

Still, no one doubts that first dentition is frequently a stage of great pain to the infant. It thus becomes a very important issue to an anxious and affectionate mother, how the difficulties of teething can in any extent be diminished, or, if viable, altogether prevented.

Symptoms: The symptoms of natural dentition are, an increased flow of saliva, with swelling of the gums, and occasionally flushing of the cheeks. The baby frequently thrusts its fingers, or any thing within its grasp, into its mouth. Its thirst is increased, and it needs milk more frequently, although, from the tender state of the gums, for shorter periods than normal.

It is irritable and fidgety; and abrupt fits of crying and occasional starting from sleep, with a small tendency to vomiting, and even looseness of the bowels, are not uncommon. Many of these symptoms regularly precede the appearance of the tooth by several weeks, and show that what is called “breeding the teeth” is going on. In such cases, the symptoms recede in a few days, to return again when the tooth approaches the surface of the gum.

Treatment: The infant ought to be in a well ventilated area, and well exercised: the bowels should be kept freely open with castor oil; and be always gently relaxed at this time. Cold sponging employed daily, and the surface of the body dabbed dry with a soft cloth.

Milk should be given regularly, but not for long at a time; the thirst will therefore be allayed, the gums kept moist and relaxed, and their irritation soothed, without the stomach being overloaded. The breastfeeding mother must also tenderly focus, at this time, to her own wellbeing and diet, and shun all stimulant food or drinks.

From the instant dentition begins, strain on the gums will be relieved, by numbing the sensibility and dulling the pain. For this reason coral is typically employed, or a piece of orris-root, or scraped liquorice root; a flat ivory ring, however, is far safer and better, for there is no risk of its being thrust into the eyes or nose.

Gentle friction of the gums, by the finger of the caregiver, is pleasing to the infant; and, as it seems to have some result in reducing irritation, may be frequently resorted to. In some countries, it is very common to dip the liquorice-root, and other substances, into honey, or powdered sugar-candy; or use a small bag, containing a mixture of sugar and spices, for the infant to suck. Overuse, however, may be stressful to the stomach, and thus its use should be moderate.

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