Keep the teething nightmares at bay with some surefire tips and lots of TLC

One of my teachers used to say, “Teething causes teething and hardly anything else.’ and it is the actual truth .So dear parents, if  your child  has high fever or diarrhea or any other symptom, worth taking note off, then don’t ascribe it to teething please. Teething is a natural fact of life, that every baby has to face. 

When the actual tooth is erupting, your child may feel irritated or drool a lot. It is  true that children do have more diarrhea while teething, possibly due to introduction of foods other than breast milk, as such foodstuff  might be contaminated. Also as itching increases,your baby may nibble on objects lying around him/her, thus increasing the chances of him/her catching an infection. So if your kid is sick do factor in all  the possible causes instead of overlooking it as some minor teething related discomfort.

Comfort During Teething

All your child probably needs while teething is more touch and greater body contact. Give him something clean to bite. I don’t recommend gels for local application available in the market,for alleviating minor irritation, as some pain is an inevitable part of the growing-up process. Let him/her feel secure in the arms of a caring adult during such painful experiences. Rub his gums if he/she likes it, but do wash your hands and fingers before that quite thoroughly. If  your child continues to feel irritated and cranky, give him a dose of paracetamol, repeated after every 4 or 6 hours.

Delay in Eruption of Teeth

Eruption of teeth in babies can occur with many variations. Some babies are born with a tooth but most cut their teeth around 6 months. Others may do so around 1 year but their gums start getting ready from 3 to 4 months onwards, giving rise to irritability,biting tendencies, and drooling of saliva. But as long as the child does not show any associated problem, delayed appearance of teeth is normal, so no need to worry about it.

Dental Caries

Bottle feeding and sugar are both quite harmful for your kid’s teeth. Bottle feeding is especially bad if the bottle is given to your child in sleep. Some children  tend to get more cavities in the upper teeth as their tongue protects the lower ones. But one thing must be made clear here, lack of calcium does not give rise to dental caries.

 So don’t let your child develop a sweet tooth from an early age. To begin with, give no sugar or sweets. Later on, ensure as little intake of sugar as possible. Chewing of gums, toffees & eclairs can cause more damage that munching on other sweets, as such stuff tends to stick to your baby’s teeth, exponentially increasing the chances of cavity.

When it comes to medicines, choose a tablet (if he has already learnt to swallow one) over syrup, to minimize the chances of cavity.
So instead of spending sleepless nights over needless worries, just follow these precautions and sail through your child’s teething journey with the widest grin ever.

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