Your_Baby_And_Teething by georgetitan


Your Baby And Teething

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Teething can be a testing time for both baby and parent. This article
provides information on what's involved, and gives some tips on how to
make it more comfortable for your child.


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The appearance of your baby's first tooth is a major milestone in her
development, and one that will likely see you sharing photographs with
family, friends, and anyone else who may happen by! Unfortunately though,
the arrival doesn't always go smoothly - it can be a testing time for
both you and your baby, as there will inevitably be some discomfort
involved, leading to yet more sleepless nights and grizzled behaviour.

There are usually some warning signs that a tooth is on its way, and
these can include an increase in salivation or drooling, an intensified
tendency for your baby to bite down on toys (or even people!), flushed
cheeks and swollen gums, and a general malaise shown through loss of
appetite, difficulty sleeping and irritability.

Many parents will tell you that teething is often accompanied by other
problems such as stomach upsets or colds, although most medical experts
say that there is no real connection, and that young children are more or
less constantly fighting off one bug or another, and so any signs of
illness appearing together with teething are probably just coincidences.

Teething generally starts at around 6 months, although as with all things
related to babies and kids your own experience may vary. Indeed, a very
few babies will be born sporting a tooth or two, while some may not see
their first tooth emerge until their first birthday or even later.
Whenever it starts, your baby will normally have a complete set of teeth
by their third birthday, and these milk teeth will last until around the
age of six, when they will begin to be replaced by adult teeth.

Although some infants sail through the whole teething process with little
difficulty, for others it can be a real ordeal. Unfortunately there's
nothing we as parents can do to speed the growth, but there are ways to
relieve the discomfort a little.

The most traditional remedy for teething pain is a rubber biting ring,
which works with your baby's natural inclination to bite down on things.
A soft rubber ring provides a safe outlet for this urge, and keeping the
ring in the refrigerator when not in use will also provide a cooling
Teething gel can also be applied to the gums, which can provide comfort,
and can be smeared onto a dummy or pacifier if the biting reflex means
direct application to the gums is risky for the parent!

Teething powders are also available, which consist of a sachet of
crystals which you can pour into your baby's mouth, and seem to prove
more effective than gels with some children.

Finally, you may find yourself having to resort to pain relief medication
if the problem is severe. Be certain to use a medicine specifically
formulated for babies of your child's age, and stick to the recommended
dosage. Medicine which also induces drowsiness, such as anti-fever
preparations, can also be very useful - especially at bed time.

Hopefully your own baby will not have too much difficulty developing a
healthy toothy grin, but if you're finding teething is a problem, then
remember that it doesn't last forever, and keep counting the teeth as
they arrive!

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