Dos and Don’ts When Your Child Begins Teething

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Most children begin teething when they are between four and seven months old. Late teething is common and also considered completely normal. During the process of teething, a set of twenty teeth, known as primary teeth, fall out. By the age of three, the process of teething takes its course. These primary teeth eventually make way for a full set of thirty-two teeth. According to experts at the American Dental Association, two lower front teeth appear first. These are followed by the two upper teeth, and then the incisors.

Although the symptoms of teething can vary among children, there are a few conditions that are strong indicators that your child’s primary teeth are about to fall out. Symptoms include: drooling in excess, swelling of the gum, inability to sleep, crying more than usual, tugging the ear or poking the cheek, and an increased tendency to bite things. Once these symptoms start showing, make sure you follow the guidelines below in order to alleviate the pain that your child may experience due to teething.

Dos

Make sure you buy a teething object for your child to chew on. Biting on a teething object allows the gum tissue to break down and allow the teeth to sprout. Be aware of the fact that your child may experience pain as the process of primary tooth breakout goes on. You can help alleviate this pain by giving the baby a clean, lightly frozen damp washcloth to chew on, or you can offer cool food if the child has started eating solids at the time of teething. You can also lightly massage the child’s gums, either with your own finger, or with a clean damp washcloth. If you feel that your child’s teething pain is unusual, you may want to use pain relievers designed for children. Before you do so, however, make sure you reach out to the pediatrician. Finally, as your child’s teeth begin to appear, start brushing them with a soft toothbrush so that the teeth are safe from caries.

Don’ts

Teething objects, although useful, can prove to be harmful if the materials involved are dangerous. Make sure your child’s teething object does not have frozen gels, and make sure the object is clean and big enough to not be a choking hazard. Furthermore, avoid using teething tablets that have belladonna as an ingredient, because its side effects can cause difficulty in breathing. You must also avoid teething gels that have benzocaine; the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new warnings against this material, as it can cause a serious condition called methemoglobinemia. Last but not least, don’t mistake diarrhea and fevers for symptoms of teething. If your child has these issues, make sure you consult a pediatrician first.For more information on the wide range of best available dental services at Comprehensive Dental Care Queanbeyan Canberra, please contact our friendly team at (02) 6297 1303