Teething in Babies
What is teething?
The eruption of teeth through the gums in babies is called teething.
When does it occur?
Teething starts from around 6 months of age and is completed usually by 2-3 yrs of age. The age of teething may differ, for some it may start a bit earlier than usual for some it may be a bit late, so parents don't need to panic about it. The symptoms of teething may start several days before the eruption of the teeth.
What is the Teething/Eruption sequence?
A total number of 20 milk teeth is present in a baby’s mouth.
It includes 12 anterior(front)teeth and 8 posterior(back) teeth. The first to erupt in the mouth are 2 lower incisors.
What are the teething symptoms in a baby ?
- Gnawing/Chewing tendency
- Increased drooling/salivation which may cause mild rash near the mouth
- Swollen gums
- Tendency to place fingers in the mouth
- Rubbing near the ear due to referred pain of erupting third molars
- Gently rubbing the gums with clean finger
- A wide range of teethers are available in the market nowadays. It can be used for the baby.
- Nowadays Baby Cots also come with teething rails.
- Vegetables like carrot can serve as natural teethers.(Do take care while the child is eating to avoid choking)
- Cool washcloth for the sore gums
- Medications like paracetamol or ibuprofen can be given but only on doctors consultation.
Teething unlike any other milestone can be troubling & tiring for the baby as well as the mother. We hope that both of you sail through it as always & find relief as you see your baby beaming with those cute bunny teeth.
(Find the link of baby bed cots with teething rails attached below: )
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