Infants And Teething

Teething can be very frustrating for both parents and children as sometimes it is a painful process for the baby. Teething may start in the third or fourth month of a baby’s life. The first teeth start growing in the middle of the bottom gum, these appear in pairs and are called central incisors. Four or eight weeks later the baby will start getting their four top front teeth and around thirty days later they will get two teeth that will flank each of their bottom teeth. Then comes the first premolar and molars or jaw teeth these are used for grinding and crushing food, the last to come in are the canines, beside the incisors, these are pointy teeth that tear and grip food. Most children will have all of their milk teeth, twenty in all, by the time they are three years old. Sometimes children are born with a few teeth or get their first teeth earlier than three months.

Help your baby through this entire process by wiping away the drool with a clean wet rag. You can buy teething rings and leave them in the freezer for about half an hour to assist your baby. Try to avoid the teething rings with fluid inside them because these will sometimes break or leak.

Your baby will often start drooling a lot once he or she starts teething, help the teething process to go smoothly by wiping away all that drool with a wet cloth. You may also wish to purchase teething rings which you can put into the freezer for half an hour before using it on the child. These usually provide valuable assistance, however the teething rings which have fluid in them should be avoided as these sometimes break or leak.

You can provide your child with a washcloth that has been chilled, so that he or she can chew on it. Parents may also use a clean finger to massage the baby’s gum this will help to relieve the child’s pain. You may ask your child’s doctor to give you a pain reliever that contains acetaminophen to relieve your baby’s pain. However never use aspirin or place it on your baby’s gum or this may cause Reyes syndrome which is dangerous for infants.

To ensure proper care of your infant’s teeth wipe the child’s gum with water, if you are looking for the ideal brush for the child’s teeth then try a soft bristled brush. Toothpaste is not recommended until your child can spit out, most children can’t do this until they are about three years old. Once your baby is capable of spitting brush the child’s teeth twice a day. Although milk teeth are not permanent they should be taken care of because if they rot, the other milk teeth will try to take their place and this will cause them to become crooked. Your infant should have their first dental visit at one year of age.

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