Did you know that a person is born with all his or her teeth beneath the gums? The teeth slowly push through the gums to become visible on a pretty regular timeline. Between 6 and 12 months, the central incisors (right in the middle, top and bottom) break through. The teeth on either side of those push through between 9 and 12 months. Before age 3, a child will have all the molars.
For some kids, the process of teething is extremely painful; others don’t mind at all. All children are different, but most show some signs of teething. Here’s how you can tell that your child is teething.
1. Lots of biting – Pressure directly on the affected areas will momentarily relieve your baby’s pain and discomfort. You’ll notice your baby try to chew on everything, including spoons, toys, your breast, the crib rails, and even their own fingers. If you don’t have any, pick up some safe teething toys that you can pop in the fridge for a few minutes.
2. Excessive drool – Newborns tend to drool a lot because they are still learning how to swallow their saliva. By the time they start teething, they still haven’t learned to control their saliva, but now the body is producing extra liquid to lubricate the tender gums. The result is a mess.
3. Sleep disturbances – A teething baby will often be harder to put down to sleep and wake up more often during it. There’s not much you can do about this other than try your best to help him or her get some sleep.
4. Decreased appetite – When we’re in pain, we often don’t want to eat, and that goes for babies too. Plus, anything other than liquid can irritate the sore spots in his or her mouth. Do your best to keep the food going in, but call your doctor if your baby is risking malnourishment.
5. Pulling/grabbing at the face – Babies can be quite clever when it comes to their own bodies. A teething infant might pull at his ears, chin, jaw or cheeks. By massaging these areas, they create counter pressure that relieves the pain inside.
6. General fussiness – There’s not much avoiding this and all babies usually experience it. What once made them happy might not irritate them. The smallest thing (like a ball rolling away too far) could set them off in a mini-tantrum, amplified by their discomfort. Try to keep your baby distracted so he or she doesn’t focus on the pain.
7. Diarrhea, rashes, fever and cough – These are usually the most severe symptoms, but they’re possible nevertheless. You might notice a slight fever (less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit) when the teeth are about to cut through. Chafing in the gums can cause a rash and coughing is the result of saliva pooled in the mouth and throat.
Written by Christine Barlow, Inventor of 5 Phases Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle System
Mom Christine Barlow is the inventor of 5 Phases eco-friendly and non-toxic baby bottles, the safest and healthiest way to bottle feed your baby. Her inspiration in creating an alternative to traditional feeding bottles came after the birth of her 1lb 7oz micro-preemie baby. Having a compromised child, she became aware how environmental factors were affecting our children. With all the concerns of plastics and infants being the most vulnerable, she felt there was a need for more options for parents who wanted to use glass. She knew she had to act – and the 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles were born.
5 Phases is dedicated to helping families achieve a healthier and organic lifestyle. Starting with baby, they develop products keeping both the environment and health of your family in mind. And when it comes to your baby nothing else will do – Christine knows, she’s a mom too!
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