The first tooth is a big event in the life of all parents. From this point on, not only does the toothless smile of her baby come to an end, so does the period of regular dental care.
While teething is noticeable in some children with a particularly bad mood and red cheeks, at first glance you do not notice anything at all. Symptoms such as increased salivation and the sudden need of the children constantly something in the mouth to take, however, connect all the babies. Physical symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, cough or vomiting usually have nothing to do with teething, but are mostly due to a co-occurring virus.
The first 20 teeth are called deciduous teeth , because they then begin to break through, when the babies still mainly feed on breast milk . They are usually lighter and softer than the subsequent permanent teeth. The deciduous teeth are formed not only after birth, but already in the womb together with the jaw from about the 7th week after fertilization of the egg.
When exactly they break through will vary from child to child. In some babies, the first tooth can be seen at the age of 4 months, in others passes the first birthday and there is still no tooth in sight. Between 2 and 3 years, the milk teeth dentition is usually complete. When they enter elementary school, they begin to fail again and are replaced by their permanent teeth.
Symptoms When Teething
If a baby gets teeth, the salivation usually increases automatically. The children then get an itch that they try to compensate for by putting a variety of things in their mouths.
Other possible symptoms:
- Rub ears
- most frequent awakening at night
- general restlessness and irritability
- less thirst or loss of appetite
- slightly elevated temperature
- Red cheeks
Pain Relief During Baby Teething
If the baby suffers from teething and can not be taken in the arm as a result of increased attention and soothes carrying around, the doctor can recommend various remedies:
- Tooth Gel: This light local anesthetic is applied directly to the sore spot and anesthetizes the pain for about an hour.
- Homeopathy: Different globules can also relieve the pain.
- Teething rings: Special biting tool helps against the itching. Ideally, this should be refrigerated in advance. A piece of carrot from the fridge also serves the same purpose. Caution: The freezer compartment is not suitable for cooling.
- Fever suppositories: If the child does not come to rest due to the toothache pain, a fever suppository can also be given once in consultation with the doctor.
Do Amber Necklaces Help With Teething?
Some swear by the effect of amber against teething pain. However, such an effect has not been proven in studies so far. Who wants to try it, should pay attention to the following points:
- The amber balls should be secured so that there is no risk of swallowing if the chain rises
- The chain should be short, so that the child does not get stuck with it
- The quality of the stones should be good and it should not be a plastic imitation