Babies Teeth Out!

 

A child looks the cutest when the first two milk teeth arrive. However, the journey before their arrival can be daunting for mothers, especially when nothing seems to ease their pain! This gets worse when a tooth arrives earlier than expected and then there is nothing for months together.

Here are a few things you may want to know. 

 

When do primary teeth come in?

Primary or milk teeth are actually present at birth itself. However, they’re hidden within the jaw of your child. These usually start erupting after month number 6. However, as growth is different in each child, the eruption pattern/timing is different too. Some children may get teeth as early as 4 months, while some as late at 11 months.

 

Why is there a gap between the first tooth and the next tooth?

Once there is a need for teeth aka increased pressure on the gums is when the jaws start getting the milk teeth into the mouth. Providing natural teethers like frozen chunky carrots, bringing the child into the habit of chewing on hard things, signal the gums for the need of teeth. This usually ensures a more streamline eruption pattern of teeth. However, sometimes there is a lag in teeth eruption. A visit to a pediatric dentist is helpful to get a proper diagnosis.

 

How many times does child teeth?

Twice! They get milk teeth first around 6 months of birth, followed by permanent teeth after 6 years of age. This process can cause the child a bit of discomfort due to the pressure of the tooth coming through the gums.

 

How does one sooth the teething irritation?

Cold solid foods, cold spoons, yogurt ice-creams are certain home remedies to ease out the child’s teething irritation and is a welcome distraction for them. Calcarea Phosphorica is a natural self-dissolving tablet readily available, which has helped many mothers during their child’s teething phase. Apparently, children find this tablet tasty!

(P.S: All home remedies to be tried only when you are around the child.)

 

What can I feed my child during teething?

Diet does not have to be changed for the child specifically for teething, however, it’s helpful if you give solid food. One could start off with frozen cucumbers move to frozen carrot chunks and then go onto frozen zucchini.

This is only to induce the habit of chewing in children and not their food.

 

Does teething cause diarrhea?

Teething only causes teeth! Children usually rub their cheeks and put fingers in their mouth due to the irritation. However, any other systemic issues (fever, diarrhea, rashes etc.) must be shown to a pediatrician and then a pediatric dentist before self- medicating.

 

Do I have to clean my child’s gum?

Gums must be kept clean from the start itself as a part of the child’s oral hygiene, even when teeth aren’t present. Gum massage reduces teething too! This can be done with a cold gauze wrapped around the parent’s finger. Gently rub and press on the pink gums to soothe your child’s soreness, once or twice in a day.

 

How do I breastfeed my child who has teeth?

This is a personal choice for every mother. It is possible and advised. However, teeth are to be kept clean post feeds, especially at night. Visiting a preventive dentist and/or a Lactation consultant will provide you with the proper techniques and solve this dilemma. Correcting small things can enhance your child’s health in a big way.

 

Though the Internet provides all the answers, I urge all parents to have 6 monthly visits to a child tooth specialist, to get an age-specific diagnosis and tooth-food counseling for their beloved child.

 

By Dr. Ipshita Suyash

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