If your baby is suddenly drooling more than your pet, chewing on everything (including you) and being extremely fussy, it might be teething time. Teething time can be hard on baby. They can run a fever, it hurts their little gums and they can be very uneasy.
When Do Babies Start Teething?
Babies teeth at different times. The average time for baby to start teething is between 4 and 8 months. It can widely vary though, so don’t be worried if your baby doesn’t start right when you think she/he should. Your child will continue getting new teeth until she/he is about three years old.
There is a good chance you could experience a few months in between teething times. This is normal and does not mean your child is done teething. Your baby will eventually get all of her/his baby teeth in.
How Do You Know Baby is Teething? Symptoms of Teething
Teething babies can show a myriad of symptoms. They tend to be fussy. They will start chewing on everything. Most likely your baby will be very irritable and can run a slight fever. If they have no other symptoms but a fever, it could be teething but call your doctor if it goes over 102 degrees. Your baby may also drool, a lot.
How Can You Help Baby Feel Better? Baby Teething Relief
There are several things you can do to help a teething baby. If your baby is nursing they may wish to nurse a bunch. If your baby is bottle fed, try a pacifier for the same relief. Rubbing the baby’s gums can help relieve the pain as well.
Should You Use a Teether?
Teethers can help, keeping the teether in the fridge will feel nice on baby’s sore gums. When my daughter was little she liked to chew on a toothbrush to help relieve her pain. Keep a teether with you wherever you go because you never know when the urge to bite could come out.
How to Keep Baby’s Teeth Clean?
Some dentists will not see your child until they are 3 although some start at age 1. You can buy special toothpaste for young kids that are not able to brush and spit but many parents (including myself) just use water for a year or two. When you brush their teeth use tap water. It has fluoride in it which can help the little girl/guy’s teeth develop strong.
Ways to Keep Baby’s Teeth Healthy
Try not to let your baby sleep all night with a bottle in their mouth, especially juice. When baby gets done with juice (and you are able to), go over their teeth with a wet toothbrush to keep the sugar from lingering on their teeth all day. Fluoride toothpaste, approved by the American Dental Association, is good for baby’s teeth. Some parents choose to wait until baby is 2 years old, before they use toothpaste.
Do not forget to take pictures of their adorable baby teeth! Your kids will love to see them one day when they are older and losing the very same teeth.
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