For some babies teething can be a quite uncomfortable experience, whereas for others the first tooth would arrive without creating any trouble. The teething experience differs from child to child.
The first tooth usually appears between the fourth and seventh month. The teething process might even start earlier, when the baby is only three months old. Several babies get their first tooth when they are twelve months old. The genetic predisposition of the child plays a major role in determining his teething procedure – whether the first tooth will appear early or late.
By the time the child is two to three years old, he/she will have the complete set of twenty primary teeth.
Problems of teething baby
During the teething process, the baby might experience certain problems. The uncomfortable teething symptoms usually subside naturally. Nonetheless, some time tested remedies are often effective in treating this problem. Before the tooth appears, the gum would become swollen and tender. This might cause pain and irritation. The baby becomes fussy.
Once the child becomes used to the teething sensation after the first tooth appears, he might be less fussy when the other teeth appear. Some babies might react uncomfortably whenever a new tooth develops. Teething might trigger excess drooling. Sometimes the excess saliva secretion might irritate your baby’s throat, and he would cough without any symptom of cold or flu. Excess saliva dribbling on the chin might irritate the skin, forming rash on the chin or around the mouth of the baby. Teething might be accompanied by mild fever. Diarrhea might develop during teething.
Treating teething problems
Several symptoms of teething such as coughing and diarrhea are not directly associated with the teething process. Excess drooling forces the child to swallow extra saliva that might loosen the bowel movement. Certain symptoms of teething such as irritation, fever and the child pulling or rubbing his ears or cheek might overlap with symptoms of infections or certain illnesses.
It is advisable to take your baby to a pediatrician to ascertain the exact cause of the symptoms. Gum irritations could be reduced by giving your baby something to chew such as a teething ring. Always clean the teething ring properly before giving it to your child. You can give older babies something cold to eat such as chilled yogurt or pureed fruits. To prevent chin rash, gently wipe the saliva dripping on the chin.