If you are parents of a firstborn get ready for some sleepless nights. If you’ve been through this before, then you probably already know the drill. When children are teething, they can make your life miserable. Some young ones will have multiple symptoms and others will only have a few, but the signs will be there.
Stay calm; it will pass. Easy for us to say!
The first sign of teething may be that your sweet happy baby will suddenly turn into a cranky, unhappy fusspot. Say goodbye to finally being able to rest at night, or during the day. This usually happens anytime between three to seven months after birth, but for some babies this can happen a little later.
They will be irritable and will have trouble sleeping. You can soothe this normal reaction by gently rubbing the gums with your clean finger or a cold spoon.
If this does not help, contact a dentist who specializes in family dentistry like Oakville Place Dental Office. They will be able to recommend additional ways or products to help you and your baby get through this period.
As the baby teeth try to break through the gums, they may swell or become a bit red. You may notice the very top of the teeth showing through the gums.
Your baby will become like a scavenger and whatever they can get their hands on, they will put into their mouth. Doesn’t matter what it is: toys, their hands, small objects, and not all of them will be clean or free from germs. They will want to suck or bite on anything. So be on alert.
Sometimes a teething baby can run a mild fever, but watch out for anything higher. That is not a normal symptom of teething and could be the result of an infection. Contact the family dentistry experts at Oakville Place with any concerns you may have.
No one knows exactly why or how babies have so much saliva when they are teething. Could be the increase in muscle movement in the mouth stimulates the salivary glands. Consequently, babies can develop a rash around their mouths. They are trying to relieve pressure and discomfort.
Late teething is not a big concern, but if your baby has not broken teeth by 18 months, it would be best to seek out a pediatric dentist. Family dentistry is common today, but only certain practices have doctors and staff who specialize in youngsters and babies. The doctors at Oakville Place Dental Office are trained specialists with many years experience.
Questions about late teething, questionable teething symptoms, or how to help your baby get through this tough period of time should be directed there.
Patience, understanding, and some research on power naps can help.
Seriously, though, trust the family dentistry experts at Oakville Place Dental Office.
Contact us today with any questions about your baby’s teething or to make an appointment.