Now that the first few months are over, it is time to look forward to a key milestone in your baby – yes, we are talking about teething!
Your newborn will start teething quite soon, and you need to be prepared for this process. Some babies get their first teeth without any issues or pain at all. But for some, this process can be really painful and drawn out.
You can see the symptoms of a painful or a painless baby teething during the first few weeks, right when it starts. As a parent, it is important for you to understand about the teething process, so that you can help your baby better.
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13 Symptoms or Signs of Baby Teething:
Here you can check out the following symptoms of teething in babies:
- Red and swollen gums
- Heavy drooling
- Red cheeks
- Sleeplessness during the day and night
- Ear rubbing, usually on the side the teething is
- Gum biting or sucking
- Excessive biting behavior
- Sleep problems
- General crankiness and restlessness
- Lack of interest in food or eating
- Chin and face rash
- Cheek pulling
[ Read: Baby Milestones Chart ]
Health Issues During This Period:
There is a chance that your baby might develop slight health problems during teething. This mostly happens due to the lack of sleep and inability to eat. Some babies are known to develop diarrhea or a mild flu during this period. This is a side-effect, more than a symptom of baby teething.
There is a chance that these health issues do not have anything to do with the teething. Hence you should consult the doctor in case your infant falls sick during these months, instead of chalking it up to teething. If the health problem is beyond a low level fever, or diaper rash, you should see the doctor about it.
How Long Will The Teething Last?
There is no saying how long your baby’s teething will last. It can last for anything between five to seven months. By the time your child is 2 and a half or 3 years, all the milk teeth would have developed too. You do not have to face the teething problem for all this time.
All your baby’s teeth will not break out in one single go.
- The teeth will come out one by one, over a period of months.
- The bottom two middle teeth are usually the first to come out, followed by the top middle teeth.
- The ones on the side and the backs come out after that.
- The good news is that the problems associated with teething only last for a little while, when the first few teeth are emerging. Once the first few teeth are out, the rest of them will come out painlessly.
- Once the first teeth are out, it will take a while for the molars to appear. The molars will appear only around the first year, so you and your infant will get some respite.
Late Teething Problems:
Your baby will start developing the first teeth sometime between 4 to 10 months. However, sometimes, it may take longer for the first teeth to appear. That is perfectly normal too.
- Tooth development is hereditary. If you and your spouse developed teeth late, your baby will also develop teeth later than average.
- If by the first year your baby’s teeth have not emerged, you should consult the doctor, so they can be assessed. It will not be a long term concern, or a large scale concern, but your baby might have to get some orthodontic assistance later on.
- If your baby’s hair, bone, and height grow normally, even when the teeth are not growing, it is fine. Late teething is nothing to be worried about, for it does not develop overall development.
- Some doctors are of the opinion that children whose teething period comes late can actually achieve better dental health!
Why Does Teething Hurt?
Your baby’s teeth form right when it’s in the womb. These teeth buds are formed in the gums and they stay there till it is time for them to come out of the gums.
- Teething is what happens when the teeth start pushing their way out of the gums. This may cause the gums to swell, and there might be rashes in the area too. This is the primary cause of pain and irritation during teething.
- This pain is combined with the pain of trying to eat or drink. Your baby will have the intense urge to chew on things during this period as well, and this puts more pressure on the teeth and gums.
- This sucking and chewing causes extra blood flow to the swollen area, thereby increasing the pain.