When it comes to the teething process is complicated, not all children develop at the same time, and during this time our little one gets very irritable and uncomfortable, but don’t worry I have good tips for you about your baby teething problems , here I will explain the most important things you should know to make it all easier for you and your baby.
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First things first, here are some facts about your child teething.
You should start cleaning your baby’s teeth as soon as you see the first sign of a tooth erupting through the gums, this usually happens between 5-9 months of age.
Its very important to keep your baby gums clean and for that, you can use a soft moist cloth and gently rub this over the gums. As soon as you think they would tolerate a toothbrush in their mouth, use a soft bristled and compact head toothbrush. A toothbrush should be changed regularly, around every 3 months.
How will I know when my baby is getting teeth?
* Slightly inflamed, red gums that may have a lump.
* You may be able to see a white tooth bud under the gum
*An increase in dribbling and biting down on fingers and other objects
Irritability and signs of pain.
To relieve this discomfort you can use teething gel and allow your baby to suck/chew on a cold teething ring.
What’s the best way to soothe sore gums?
If your teething baby seems uncomfortable, consider these simple tips:
* Rub your baby’s gums. Use a clean finger or moistened gauze pad to rub your baby’s gums. The pressure can ease your baby’s discomfort.
* Keep it cool. A cold washcloth, spoon or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums. Don’t give your baby a frozen teething ring.
* Try an over-the-counter remedy. If your baby is especially cranky, acetaminophen or ibuprofen might be helpful.
Always check with the doctor before using any over the counter remedy, and/or stop if you see any unusual reaction.
Some recommended products to make the process of teething less painful for your baby:
What toothpaste is recommended to use on babies?
Start your little one on fluoride-free infant and toddler toothpaste, such as My First Colgate, then when your dentist recommends switching to a fluoride toothpaste or when your child is around two years old. Is always recommended to check with the doctor first.
Why is it important to look after their baby teeth, they fall out anyway?
There are many reasons why it is important to maintain healthy ‘first’ teeth. Without them their speech would be affected, they would be unable to eat a healthy range of foods and they wouldn’t have that healthy teeth’s. First teeth also keep the spaces correct for when their second teeth (adult teeth) descend.
When should I first visit the Dentist with my child?
As soon as the baby’s first tooth comes through, or when the child is 1, whichever comes first. Ideally, it would be around the time of their first birthday, and definitely before they turn 3. At this visit, the Dentist will assess the alignment of your child’s jaw, check any teeth that are already through for signs of decay and offer you some guidance on how to best care for their teeth.
Tips to make the experience stress free?
Prepare your child for a visit to the Dentist by reading books about the Dentist or role-playing the “Dentist game” with teddy or dolls. Explain how some Dentists like to wear masks over their mouths, also teach your child how to open their mouth wide like a frog so that the Dentist can have a look inside. Remember not to use any negative words when talking about the visit like “scared”, “needle”, “hurt” or “drill”. These tend to turn adults off as well so imagine how much they scare kids.
What foods should I avoid to keep my child’s teeth healthy?
Avoid any foods that are high in sugar, especially those that are held in the mouth for a long time, for example, sweets, candy, and also soft drinks and juices.
Keep in mind Teething can usually be handled at home however contact the doctor if your baby develops a fever, seems particularly uncomfortable, or has other signs or symptoms of illness that could be unrelated to the teething.
Be patient and give lots of love to your baby, they really need you right now.
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