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Baby Teething – Commonly Asked Questions

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Somewhere around three months of age, your baby will start to drool a lot and put her fingers in her mouth. She may also appear cranky, and become fussy at nights, even though she was a sound sleeper till now. These are some signs that indicate that your baby is likely to sport a pearly white soon. Babies usually get their first teeth, the lower incisors mostly, between the ages of 5-12 months. Teething often spells discomfort for the baby, and the parents too, and in this article, we will answer your queries on infant teething.
Baby Teething

When Do Babies Start Teething?

Most babies start to teeth by their half-birthday, though the process may begin as early as three months for some babies. Some babies do not start teething until 12 months. Teething begins with the lower front teeth or incisors appearing first, followed by upper front teeth after a month of 2. The first molars of your child will usually sprout by the time he is a year old. By the age of 3 years, your baby should have all 20 primary teeth. These teeth fall out around the age of 6 years when permanent teeth are ready to come in.
It may be mentioned here that teething varies significantly between children – some babies start early while some others bloom late. If your baby has not sprouted any tooth by the time he is 15 months, you need to seek your doctor’s opinion or schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist.

Can Teething Cause Vomiting In Babies?

It is unlikely that teething can cause your baby to vomit by itself, but vomiting could be a result of a food allergy or infection in the baby. Because the time of teething generally coincides with the time most parents introduce solids, there is a strong likelihood that some food may not have suited your little one well. However, if the vomiting is severe, we’d suggest you do not try to treat your child yourself and take your child to the pediatrician.

Do Babies Get Loose Motions While Teething?

On whether babies do get loose motions during teething, the opinions of experts are divided. Some experts believe that the excess saliva production causes the baby’s stools to loosen up by getting in the gut. This set of experts believe that a mild diaper rash, because of diarrhea, is also quite common during the process of teething.
However, another set of experts believe that diarrhea is not caused by teething, but is the by-product of the fact that babies tend to put everything in their mouths. Now some of these things may not be clean and carry bacteria. Loose motions, therefore, could be observed in an infant who is teething, but they cannot be attributed to it. Instead, diarrhea should be treated as an illness by itself, and appropriate actions should be taken. However, they agree that the stress caused due to teething can make the baby vulnerable to infection. If your child is passing loose stools, but the frequency is normal, and it is not diarrhea, you need not worry as the condition will clear out on its own. Dealing with diarrhea during teething

also involves simple tips like changing or modifying the baby’s diet, making sure her toys are clean and sanitized, and ensuring that the baby does not chew on anything that can carry germs and bacteria.
Toddler teeth

Can A Baby Get A Fever When Teething?

Again, fever cannot be attributed to teething, but to the decreased immunity that the stress of teething brings along. Some parents feel that teething can make the child feverish. Most experts opine that teething and mild fever, accompanied by crankiness, is attributed to the discomfort the child is undergoing. However, remember that any fever above 101 degrees needs to be reported to your pediatrician as it underlines an infection. Some experts also believe that fever and teething occurring toge ther is incidental. It may be mentioned here that some babies do not have any trouble during teething.

Is Runny Nose A Sign Of Teething?

Again, the views are divided on this one. Runny nose with a mild fever and minimal cough can be caused due to teething, but some experts believe that these symptoms are due to the common cold. If your child seems to have serious congestion or is regularly coughing, take stock of the situation by seeking the doctor’s opinion. Make sure your child stays warm and comfortable and is not exposed to extreme temperature variations.

Can Teething Cause A Skin Rash?

Drool rashes on the chin and neck can sometimes be caused during the process of teething. Because babies tend to drool more during teething, wet skin, or excessive rubbing of the skin by a rough cloth can cause a rash. This rash is called a teething rash. You can try to avoid it by wiping the drool gently using a soft and clean washcloth and applying some petroleum jelly so that the skin stays soft. Some babies also experience diaper rash during teething if they suffer from diarrhea or loose motion – which implies their bottom has been moist for longer durations.

Do Babies Eat Less When Teething?

Teething can make a baby cranky, and they may want to eat less during the process. Babies yearn to have something to chew to comfort themselves, and so instead of drinking, like to nibble on the breast or the nipple. When nursing, suction can place undue pressure on the gums and the ear canals, and this can also make your baby’s sore gums pain more. This further adds to the baby’s irritability as she may want to eat, but because it feels uncomfortable, she stops and remains hungry. While to you, she may appear cranky and unwilling to eat. If your baby is already on solids, the spoon may put pressure on the gums too, and she may want to take the bottle or the breast more.

Why Is Teething Pain Worse At Night?

A tooth surfaces in stages through the bone and the gum, and most of the teething activity takes place during the night. The baby experiences increased discomfort during the nights and cries or become fussy. She finds it particularly hard because she is fighting sleep, pain, and likely, some hunger. However, do not return to night-time feeding at this stage, instead soothe the baby by patting, singing, and holding her till she drifts back to sleep again.

What Are The Home Remedies For Teething Babies?

Simple home remedies like rubbing the baby’s gums, soothing her a cold and chilled washcloth or spoon, giving her something edible to gnaw on, and offering lots of support and hugs and cuddles could make teething a smoother process for her and you. Teething medications are available as OTC but are best avoided unless the pediatrician prescribes the same. Remember, it is just a temporary condition and will get over soon. And then, your baby will have that grin with the whites!

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