Teeth, major stages in your baby's life!
Did you know that it is during pregnancy that dental buds develop that will be the source of her future baby teeth!
The first teeth usually appear around 6 or 7 months. Sometimes babies are born with one or two teeth (1/200).
Nature is well done because it is also around this age that you will begin to offer more or less solid food. He will then be able to test with joy the practical side of this new tool in his possession.
His 20 baby teeth should be out by age 3, and that's when he needs to be taught how to brush his teeth.
In what order do teeth grow ?
The 20 baby teeth will arrive over a period of approximately 30 months.
The order of arrival is essentially the same from child to child.
We therefore generally observe first the arrival of the two small central lower incisors followed not far behind by the two upper central incisors also.
Indeed, we often notice that the teeth come out in pairs and by symmetry.
We will then see the lateral incisors arriving from the top then the bottom, followed by the molars then the canines and finally the secondary molars.
Teeth growth is hereditary, it's a safe bet that your child will follow the same pattern as you when it comes to teething. If you did your teeth early then baby will surely do the same and vice versa.
What are the first signs of teething?
In infants, the appearance of the first baby teeth is fairly easy to guess. Indeed, because of the irritation caused by the progressive piercing of the gum by its small "quenottes", baby tends to show certain signs that are not mistaken. The incessant whining and unexpected waking up in the middle of the night are the first possible examples. As well as the fact of drooling profusely or chewing on anything that comes under his fingers. Often these warning signs are also accompanied by a slight outbreak of fever. More rarely, it may also happen that infants suffer from chronic stomach aches, or even real diarrhea. The connection between such symptoms and teething is explained by the natural acidification of the oral mucous membranes during the period of the flares. Anyway, to really get to the bottom of it, the most effective is to directly examine the mouth of your little cherub. If as a result of this initiative, you notice that the baby's gum is "swollen" by a small scarlet redness marked in the middle by a small depression, there is no longer any doubt ...
How to relieve teething?
Despite the appearance of the first symptoms, the actual emergence of the first teeth in an infant takes a certain period of time. Given the painful conditions in which this outbreak occurs, finding an effective way to relieve baby is therefore simply a real imperative. On this question, homeopathic treatments have largely proven their effectiveness. In this niche, chamomile is at the top of the list, for example, at the height of teething attacks. During the outbreak itself, extracts in high dilution are the most recommended. Then continue this treatment with extracts in low dilution once the "quenottes" have been removed to relieve the little cherub. Another alternative: use mixed extracts of camomile and rhubarb. This type of oral solution is particularly indicated for treating diarrheal symptoms related to irritations of the digestive tract caused by teething. If it is more about treating inflammation of the gum, it will be better to opt for the formula with grape extracts (Phytolacca).
Under drug treatments this time, several alternatives are also possible. If the child is in too much pain, apply a gum balm directly to him, it will immediately relieve the pain. Another solution: use a teething ring. Preserved in the freezer beforehand, it should be given to the infant to chew on. Indeed, soaked in anesthetic at a very low dose, it will again provide immediate pain relief. If all these remedies fail to calm the child's pain, the last resort will then be to administer paracetamol in pediatric dose in the form of a suppository. In any case, do not hesitate to ask your pediatrician for advice.
Tips for your baby to have good teeth :
For babies to have good teeth, it is imperative that from an early age, they have impeccable oral hygiene. Clearly, this means that you must get in the habit of providing your baby with healthy food: for example, avoid getting him used to fruit juices all day long, or even sweetening the contents of his bottle. As we know, sugar promotes the proliferation of bacteria and therefore caries. Prefer more to give it pure water, without additives. Likewise, try not to get into the bad habit of tasting your bottle full-mouthed. The oral cavity of adults is indeed full of pathogenic bacteria for babies and their teeth. Finally, make sure you clean your teeth properly and frequently after each meal. Before his 1 year, it will consist as we said in applying a wet compress to his gums and his very first teeth. Beyond the 12th month, on the other hand, it will be necessary to replace the toothbrush (for very young children) with the compress. However, absolutely avoid using toothpaste because your child will not be able to spit it out. Later, you may also want to consider flossing.