Are you a parent who has been having many sleepless nights lately? If your child is under 14 months of age, there is a good chance that teething is what’s keeping your child—and you—awake. Let’s look what symptoms of teething are and are not, and also give a few tips to help soothe your baby during what can be an uncomfortable time for baby and a stressful time for parents.
You should bring your baby to see a family dentist before his or her first birthday, even if his or her teeth have not yet erupted. In Albuquerque, NM, parents trust Dr. Jeff S. Luffey, DDS, to provide dentistry for the entire family. To schedule your child’s first checkup with an experienced dentist in Albuquerque, contact our dental office at (505) 294-4700 today.
When Do Babies Start Teething?
Usually, teething begins when a child is 6-8 months old, but some parents don’t see their child’s first tooth until 12-14 months. Usually the bottom front teeth (lower incisors) come in first, followed by the two front teeth (upper incisors). Next, the other incisors, upper and lower molars, canines come in, and finally, the upper and lower second molars grow. This process continues until about 3 years of age, when all 20 primary teeth have grown.
Signs Your Baby is Teething
What are the signs your baby is teething? Every baby is different, but most parents will notice at least one of the following teething signs. These symptoms can begin several months before teeth come through, or only a few days:
- Swollen gums
- Bulging gums, or a tooth visible below the gum
- Turning away food
- Difficulty sleeping
- Grabbing the ears
- Rubbing the face
- Trying to bite or chew on objects
What’s NOT a symptom of teething? If your child has a fever, vomiting, diarrhea or lack of appetite, it’s important to call a doctor to rule out anything else that could be causing the symptoms. If you have any questions about your child’s teething symptoms, don’t hesitate to call our dentist in Albuquerque, NM, at (505) 294-4700.
Teething Tips—How to Sooth Your Baby & Get Some Sleep!
Since every child is different, teething tips aren’t one-size-fits-all, however, the following are some ways that have proven effective at helping babies deal with the discomfort of teething:
- Try a firm rubber teething ring for your child to chew on, but avoid giving your child anything plastic, because plastic can break.
- Use a cool wet washcloth (you can even place it in the freezer first) and gently rub the gums.
- Adjust your child’s diet by feeding him or her only cool, soft foods like applesauce and yogurt.
- If a bottle helps sooth your teething baby, just fill it with water as formula and juice can cause tooth decay.
What doesn’t work? Many parents find topical pain relievers to be unhelpful as they tend to wash out of the baby’s mouths within a few minutes.
Dentist in Albuquerque, NM
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