The Process of Getting Teeth
While many people parents are aware that their babies will gain teeth, a handful of them are not sure of an approximate time or understand the signs of symptoms of discomfort due to the teeth growing in and may associate it with something else. Having insight in both situations allow moms and dads to have the upper hand as it can help facilitate and make the teething process easier. Most babies will start to show signs of teeth by the time they reach six months of age, but there are early and late developers who may have teething signs as early as three months or as late as their first birthday. Overall, the lower central incisors are the first to show (between 4-6 months) followed by the upper central incisors (around 8 months). The lateral incisors appear around 9-12 months of age. Finally, the first molars, canines, and second molars make way at 14 months, 18 months, and 24 months, respectively. Understanding this range ensures parents know all babies are unique in their development pace. Nonetheless, by the time your baby is three, they will have their entire set of primary teeth and ready to eat just about anything like an adult.
Give-Away Signs Your Kid is Teething
- Tooth visibly peeking beneath the gum
- Extensive drooling that may be accompanied with a facial rash
- Irritable or overly fussy
- Swollen or bulging gums red or sensitive to the touch
- Chin and face rubbing along with ear tugging (these areas share nerve pathways)
- Sucking, gnawing, or chewing
- Reduced appetite or desire to eat
- Inability to fall and remain asleep
Parents may confuse fever and diarrhea as additional signs of teething, but there is actually no evidence that links either with teething in pediatrics. In many cases, diarrhea may occur because while the child is teething they are putting anything and everything in their mouth to ease the discomfort. This causes an array of bacteria to enter the body and irritate the gastrointestinal system and put the body in fight mode to kill off the bacteria, later resulting in increased temperature.
Giving Your Baby Comfort
It can be tough for your baby to want to do the basics, such as eating and sleeping, when they are teething. As annoying as it may be, teething is a natural process that becomes more of a discomfort when the tooth is irritated so the goal is to allow the tooth grow without the infant disturbing it. It may sound as if it is easier said than done, but Baltic Essentials Amber can help ease teething pain in babies naturally. It is made from fossilized tree resin that provided anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties to the body when the beads are warmed over the skin. These substances head directly to the bloodstream to help ease pain, redness, and reduce swelling, all of which accompany teething. Amber is a great option for parents looking to help their child get rid of teething pain without having to resort to drugs. Keep in mind that the beads are meant to be worn, and not chewed on by kids. Also, the necklace should be removed at night when babies go to sleep and worn when they are supervised.