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Teething: first aid for the baby

Teething: first aid for the baby

Teething gums are always accompanied by tears, irritation, and eating problems. New teeth also cause a lot of trouble for parents, because it’s very difficult to calm the baby or speed up the process.

When do my baby’s first teeth appear?

The timing of the first teeth may vary, but mostly the first incisors break through at about 6 months after birth.

Usually, the two lower front teeth break through, followed by the two upper front teeth.

    Signs of teething:

  • Excessive saliva is secreted from the mouth, which may drip while sleeping, eating, and playing;
  • The child is constantly trying to chew on things around them;
  • The child becomes easily irritable, screams or cries;
  • The gums become red or lose their firmness;
  • A slight increase in body temperature, but no fever.

The best remedies for pain relief are:

  • Rub the gum near where there is discomfort or pain. You can rub your child’s gum with your clean-washed finger or with a moistened piece of bandage.
  • Try cool objects. A cold teaspoon or cool (not frozen) chew toy may ease the discomfort on the gum. Do not smear or wet them with sweets (honey, jam, etc.) to prevent cavities. If your baby refuses the bottle, try offering her organic baby cereal. Feeding from a spoon is sometimes better.
  • In case of acute pain and strong reaction of the child, you should consult the pediatrician. If necessary, you should try to give painkillers with the active ingredients ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

The basics of caring for baby teeth in children

First of all, it should be understood that children cannot take care of their new teeth on their own. Even as you teach children how to brush and take care of their oral hygiene, you should not avoid the responsibility of keeping your child safe and properly cared for.

– Wipe your child’s gums after breakfast and at night before bed with a clean, damp cloth or a piece of gauze. This will help remove food debris and bacteria that cause tooth and mouth disease;

– When the first teeth appear, you need to start brushing them with a toothbrush and toothpaste.

– Toothbrushes should have soft, non-rigid bristles so they don’t damage the integrity of your gums. Also, baby teeth are slightly softer than permanent teeth.

– Brush twice a day, morning and night, with fluoride toothpaste;

– The amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush should not be more than the size of one grain of rice. Before the age of 3, children are not able to spit out saliva and fluid from the mouth, so this amount of fluoride toothpaste will not harm their digestion if swallowed. After ages 3 and 6, the amount of toothpaste can be increased to the size of a pea.

– Remember to keep your mouth clean. Most infections occur between 6-18 months of age.

– Consider your first visit to the dentist. It is advised to have it done before the baby is one year old. In the future, you should visit the pediatric dentist at least twice a year.

– Avoid excessive consumption of sugary drinks, including juice. By the age of 2, you should avoid the consumption of any sugar at all.

It is very important in this difficult teething period to have patience, care for your baby, take him in your arms, hold him close to your breast more often and distract him with games, songs, rhymes, or normal conversation. Remember, babies grow up fast and it’s worth remembering the first teething, the first word, and the first step!

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