Baby Teeth - How Can Something So Small Be So Frustrating?
Baby teeth! They can be a source of pain
and frustration for both you and your baby, or they may be
completely trouble free. I was lucky with my daughter, one day I
looked in her mouth and there were these two perfect little bottom
If your baby's teething experience is less than ideal don't let
it get you down, it's only temporary.
When do babies start teething?
Most babies' teeth emerge when the time is right. Meaning they
start to come out at around three months, but more commonly at six
to seven months when babies start on
solid foods. First to be seen are the two bottom teeth, then a
month or two later the four top front teeth make their appearance.
The first molars, or back teeth, come out around 12 months of age ready
for some serious chewing. Next come the canines followed by the
second molars. By
the time baby is three years old, she should have twenty baby teeth
(or milk teeth)
Now that's just a general guide, it doesn't always happen that
How can you tell when baby is starting to teethe? Most babies
will chew anything, and I do mean anything, they can get their hands
on. Anything and everything will end up in their mouth! Don't be too
concerned about germs and bacteria at this stage, this is when
they're developing their immunity and a few germs won't hurt them.
Perhaps keep the garden manure and kitty litter tray out of reach...
although I'm told some babies have consumed these and are still with
You may notice your baby is drooling more than she used to. The
teething process does stimulate drooling and keeping her dry seems
like a never ending challenge. Just give her a wipe when you walk
past as drooling can cause a rash. Don't worry, it won't last
Yes some may be a little fussier around teething time, some will
be downright cranky! It's because she's uncomfortable, so here's a
few natural tips:
Anything cold will help as it numbs the pain. You can try chilled rubber teething
rings or teething rings filled with water and chilled, even a cold
washcloth is useful. If you do use a teething ring, just don't tie
it around her neck for safety's sake.
Teething and stopping eating can sometimes be connected. Try her
on cold food for a while. This may help her regain her appetite
If your baby is having a really hard time with her baby teeth,
visit your doctor or paediatrician for some more serious pain
relief. It's best to do this rather than just buying something from
Fever and teething
Although not directly linked to teething, many mums find their
babies do have a slight fever when baby teeth are emerging. This is
only of concern if it lasts more than a couple of days or worsens.
Ear infections and teething
These two are probably not connected. You may notice your baby
pulling at her ears around the time the back molars are coming out.
This is merely pain from the jaw travelling to the cheeks and ears.
However if the ear pulling continues or if she seems otherwise
unwell, don't hesitate to have her checked out.
To brush or not to brush?
You can start gently brushing baby's gums even before any teeth have
appeared. Although you can use a damp cloth, using a toothbrush sets
up good brushing habits for life. There's no need to use toothpaste,
in fact it's a good idea to delay using toothpaste until baby's old
enough to be able to spit it out. Some toothpaste contains fluoride
which can be toxic.
Many parents wonder why it's so important to look after baby teeth
when they're eventually going to fall out anyway. It's a good idea
for many reasons. It instils a good habit when children are very
young, it enable children to chew properly and it keeps their mouth
These first teeth also serve as a guide for the adult teeth, so good
strong baby teeth will help the permanent adult teeth grow straight
High up on the list of don't dos is putting baby to bed with a
bottle. It's fine only if the bottle contains water, anything else
will cause tooth decay. Sweet drinks are taboo, so is milk as
it contains sugar. Feed her before you brush her teeth and you'll be
helping her keep her teeth healthy for life.
from baby teeth to home