Teething is the process by which babies teeth appear by breaking through the gums. Although teething is a normal part of infants development, very little is known about it. Milk teeth eruption begins around 6 to 8 months. First tooth to erupt is lower incisors. The timing of eruption varies from child to child.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS…?
severe crying, general irritability, disturbed sleep, swelling of gums, diarrhea, fever, increased biting, increased gum rubbing, ear rubbing and drooling of saliva
Pain is one the most common feature of teething and the real trouble causer for mothers as child cannot communicate or describe their pain. A teething child tends to put each and everything in mouth and this explains the diarrhea, fever, ear rubbing etc as child is exposed to continuous source of infection. Another most commonly excepted reason is during the eruption of milk teeth, Establishment of child’s own immune system begins.
HOW TO REDUCE MY CHILD’S DISCOMFORT….?
Chewing of chilled teething rings, chilled fruits like apple, carrot and frozen peas.
Gingival massage with firm finger pressure
Chewing of teething rusk and pacifiers
Aromatherapy with clove oil, tea tree oil.
Paracetamol syrup, local anesthetic gels.
THINGS TO AVOID
Adding sugar or honey to feeding bottle as it has no pain relieving effect, excess use can cause caries
Repeated application of alcohol
Teething remedies like anesthetic agents should be kept out of children reach
Sugar added teether