How to take care of my baby's first teeth | Pakhamhos

How to take care of my baby's first teeth

The development of a baby is accompanied by numerous changes that will help it adapt in a better way to the external world, however, these changes are usually accompanied by annoying sensations which alter the tranquility of our babies. Currently there are still numerous myths that apparently "help" to our babies pass better that stage, however, here we give you recommendations that are backed by experts so you have more information and have a happier baby with a smile without pain.

Development of the teeth

When the baby is born, the first teeth are almost fully formed in the jaws, under the gums, in general, teething starts between 5-9 months of age and most children have all the baby teeth by the time they celebrate. his third birthday. Normally, the two lower front teeth appear first, followed 4-8 weeks later by the four upper front teeth.

Often the gums around the teeth that have just come out are inflamed and are a little sensitive. When this happens, the baby is generally restless, irritated, crying, having a slight fever, drooling excessively, eating and sleeping habits change and having to bite hard or rub the gums.

This drooling that occurs with teething, can produce a rash on the face, neck or chest of the baby. It is important to understand and know, that in general, teething does not cause serious problems, so if our baby has high fever, diarrhea or vomiting, these are most likely not related to dentition and we should seek specialized medical attention.

Tips to relieve the symptoms of teething

Once we know a little more about the teething process, we are going to give you some tips so that you can alleviate the baby's symptoms:

Massage the baby's gums with one of our fingers subtly, to give relief to the baby.

Apply cold, using a cloth with ice or cold foods to help reduce inflammation.

Use rings for teething, avoiding those that contain liquid, because they can be toxic or harden too much, causing more damage than relief. Never tie teething rings on the neck, we could strangle them.

Use medications only under medical prescription, since those containing benzocaine can suppress the gag reflex and cause the baby to drown.

Do not use medicines that contain alcohol, as it can be toxic.

If the symptoms continue to worsen and the baby has stopped sleeping or eating, we should go to our pediatrician and he will recommend some medication that helps reduce the symptoms.

It is not advisable to give our baby aspirin or put some tablets in the gums, as it can cause bleeding.

And when we should go in search of medical help

Many of the tips that we put in this article, will help us that our baby has much less discomfort during this transition, and although it is a normal and natural process, there are certain manifestations that will indicate that something is not right. That is why we leave you a list of situations in which we must go with our doctor because it may be a complication. These situations are:

If the symptoms continue to get worse

  • The gums show signs of infection (pus, pain and excessive inflammation
  • If our baby has high fever, diarrhea or serious problems sleeping.
  • Refuses to breastfeed or eat
  • After two years his teeth have not come out
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