The teething process begins when the baby is 6 to 8 months old. All milk teeth teeth should be in place by the time the child is 30 months old.
The lower central incisors are usually the first to come out, followed, four to eight weeks later, by the four upper incisors (central and lateral incisors) and, approximately one month later, by the other two lower incisors. Next the first molars usually leave, followed by the canines or fangs.
In some rare cases, children are born with one or two teeth or produce a tooth during the first weeks of life. Unless these teeth interfere with feeding or are too loose for the baby to swallow, it is usually not a cause for concern and should not be removed.
If your child does not get the first tooth but a long time later, do not worry. This can be a hereditary characteristic and does not mean that something is wrong.
The exit of the teeth occasionally causes irritability, inflammation of the gums, crying, low fever (not higher than 101 ° Fahrenheit or 38.3 ° Celsius), excessive drooling (which may begin before teething) and desire to bite hard things. Often the gums become inflamed and become very sensitive. Teething DOES NOT cause high fever or diarrhea.
Normal Temperature Fever In Babies In Teething
If your normally docile baby suddenly becomes more irritable, drools excessively and has a reduced appetite, the teething most likely is the culprit. Teething can also cause a low fever, although a high fever can indicate a disease that requires medical attention, such as an ear infection. Consult your doctor if your child’s fever rises above 101 degrees Fahrenheit, or if the fever lasts several days and does not respond to fever-reducing medications.
In addition to drooling, irritability, rashes or diarrhea during teething, the baby may also run a little fever. A fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or less is considered normal.
The increased production of mucus during teething can make your baby more prone to ear infections. Sometimes, other conditions may appear at the same time as teething. Consult your pediatrician if your baby’s fever is above 101 degrees Fahrenheit, or if the baby is inconsolable, is not sleeping or eating or seems to be getting worse. The nasal discharge associated with teething is usually clear. Consult your pediatrician if your child’s mucous is green or yellow.
To treat fever and discomfort associated with teething, give acetaminophen, according to package instructions. Offer ibuprofen only if your baby is older than 6 months. A warm bath can also help relieve the symptoms of fever and pain.
The time required for the teeth to erupt through the gums can vary considerably from one baby to another. Some babies cut their teeth in a few days, while others may take several weeks. During this time, your baby may drool, have a reduced appetite or be more irritable. Contact your pediatrician, however, if the fever lasts more than two days.
Tips For Teething Relief Baby
- Regularly clean your baby’s face with a soft cloth to remove excess saliva and prevent skin irritation
- Wash your hands and try to float or gently massage the gums with your finger.
- Place a piece of cloth or towel in the freezer and rub the baby’s gums with it. You can also use it as a chewer, but be sure to wash it after the baby uses it.
- Give the baby hard teether rings (teethers that get in the freezer tend to get too hard and can cause more pain than relief). Avoid teethers filled with liquid or objects that may break.
- If your baby is already eating solid foods, you can try cold apple or banana compotes to soothe the baby’s discomfort.
- If your baby calms down with a bottle, fill it with water and not with milk or juices. Biting the pacifier from the bottle with traces of sugar from the milk or juice can cause tooth decay.
- Analgesics that are applied to the gums can temporarily soothe a child’s pain, but its action is very temporary. Do not abuse these remedies.
- If your child is very upset, your pediatrician may prescribe pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve pain.
- If your child seems to feel very sick or has a fever greater than 101 ° Fahrenheit (38.3 ° Celsius), it is most likely that these symptoms are not due to teeth coming out, so you should inform your Pediatrician
Symptoms Of The Exit Of The Teeth
By the time your child’s teeth come out, he already has most of the front teeth, except for his fangs. The symptoms of the exit of the molars are the same as with the smaller teeth and include general irritability, drooling and sleep disorders. Your child may refuse to eat for a day or two and may wake up crying and in pain. Some children just seem to notice the exit of their molars while others seem irritated and watery for weeks.