Being an aunt of a super kid, I noticed my super niece’s excessive level of drooling and a running saliva situation at the start of her third month. For the first few days, we cracked different jokes about her hyper salivation like, we must start our own hydroelectric production house powered by the kid’s watery mouth, etc but when the situation worsened and the kid started to show irritability along with a desire to bite every finger or cheek within her reach. We realized the super kid was in her teething process. Although teething is a time of excitement and pride for the parents, it is a difficult time too as the child exhibits irritating teething symptoms. It sometimes gets fussy for the parents and to pacify the situation they need to know everything about teething beforehand.
To Counter Your Child– Know Teething Process Completely
Teething is a natural process in which the primary teeth of a child are about to shootout in the mouth. The first tooth may show up between 4 months to 9 months depending upon several factors described below.
Is your child an early developer or a late bloomer? For those children whose primary teeth’s incisal edge (the white colored teeth surface that will sprout from the gums) start to show up in the gums in the 3rd or 4th month are termed as early developers as they are achieving the teething milestone earlier than the normally prescribed time that is 6 months. And those children whose teething starts around 9 months or later than that are termed as late bloomers as they are achieving the milestone late than the normal time.
Tooth development takes place during the fetal growth of 9 months within the mother’s body but those tooth buds develop into crowns and roots within the gums and then sprout one by one over a period of 2 to 3 years of the child. This makes a total of 20 teeth in the mouth of a 3 years old child.
The first tooth that comes out usually is “left lower central incisor”. It is accompanied by its counterpart the right lower central incisor within few weeks of its start of eruption process.
The position of the new tooth may be awkward at the time of germination in the mouth but as it grows strong, it is accompanied by its upper and lower counterparts and the pressure of cheeks and tongue make the tooth attain the right position within the arch. Here the thumb sucking and other bad habits need to be contained.
Symptoms Of Baby Teething
When my super niece started her teething process she got irritable day by day, showing us stubbornness by chewing on her hands, first the one and then the other. And whoever stops her by putting mittens on her hands should be ready for her tantrums. During the teething time, we finally developed a habit of seeing an ever smiling face of our child turning into a whiny crying face. Juggling with responsibilities and then the crying miserable baby, for whom parents can do little to help, is a difficult time for parents. But trust me knowing the situation and remedies beforehand makes the situation at hand much easier to tackle.
The symptoms may be more intense for the late bloomers as compared to the early developers. This time is associated with several irritable symptoms exhibited by your child.
- The child wants to bite anything available
- The gums get red to swollen
- The child will hyper salivate and that is why saliva is drooling all the time
- The child may cry with pain in gums or with irritability
- The child’s appetite will decrease
- Red flushed cheeks
The child may be found to be rubbing the ear of the same side where tooth eruption is taking place. This usually happens because of the nerves stimulation which produces the sensation of itchiness within the ear
Myths Related To The Teething
There are a few myths related to the teething that should not be taken at face value.
Association Of Diarrhea With Teething: There are a few pediatricians who believe that due to hyper salivation, some of the saliva reaches inside the stomach and from there the stool becomes soft. I believe that if the stool is soft, even then it is fine for the kid. We cannot relate diarrhea with a soft stool due to teething.
Association of fever with the teething: I believe that this blame may have some truth in it as due to swollen gums the child may have a slight fever. But the fever is supposed to be less than 101F. If the fever is more than 101F the child must be suffering from some infection. Get him checked by a doctor.
There are many ways to pacify a teething child like buying a tether or giving him a cold fruit.
Also Read: “7 Ways To Pacify Your Teething Child”