Baby’s first tooth: here’s what to do.
Parents look forward to their child's first tooth with a little apprehension because this is when they see baby's toothless smile turn into the smile of a toddler. It’s a moment filled with so much joy, when we excitedly call our relatives and friends, and take photos.
It is a very important step that marks the beginning of a new stage not only for baby but for parents too, because they realise how quickly baby is growing.
Teething may cause some discomfort to baby and be a worrying time for parents. Let’s take a look at the problems you may face during teething and how to resolve or prevent them.
Here are the answers to some of the questions you may be asking yourself that will help you understand the signs that baby is starting to teeth and what you can do to make him more comfortable.
When can we expect to see baby's first tooth?
Most babies first teeth come through 6 months; usually, teeth will grow in pairs, most commonly starting with the two bottom front teeth and then the top. At two and a half to three years your child has a full set of 20 primary teeth, also known as baby teeth or milk teeth.
All babies are different, so remember that it's perfectly normal for a baby to show his first tooth later compared to the medical guidelines. Don’t worry! Teething is not a nutritional deficiency or any other pathology as people used to think in the past.
What are the symptoms of teething?
Teething signs can be confusing and you'll hear so many myths. One way to tell if baby is teething is when you start to see red and swollen gums and a tiny white dot appears. It may not be much fun for your baby who may become fussy and irritable, dribbling more than usual, and may even develop a dry cough.
If your baby has symptoms such as fever, nausea or vomiting we recommend that you contact your pediatrician.
Here are a number of teething remedies
Firstly, try to avoid hot foods that tend to make the inflamed area even more tender. Give your baby something cool to chew on, such as a chilled rubber teething ring. The cold teething ring will soothe baby's gums. Or you can soothe the pain by gently massaging baby's gums with a cold, damp cloth.
You may also try natural remedies such as rubbing honey on the gums which has a soothing effect. There are also herbal teething powder sachets that contain ingredients such as thyme, calendula, mallow or chamomilla.
How do you clean baby’s first teeth?
Once baby has cut his first toot, clean it gently twice a day with a damp cloth. Once your baby has cut his other teeth, brush them gently every day with water using a brush with very soft bristles. Start using a dab of toothpaste after 16-18 months.
Regular oral hygiene is very important, even if sooner or later he is going to lose all those milk teeth because the important thing is to get your baby used to brushing their teeth as part of their daily routine.
Your child's photos are even more beautiful now, thanks to that big toothy smile. Remember though that what your baby needs most during teething are lots of cuddles and hugs.