Healthy teeth are an essential part of the healthy growth of the baby. Only when the teeth are healthy can the baby chew and eat correctly and learn how to speak. The health of deciduous teeth also determines the health of permanent teeth to a certain extent.
During teething, babies will cry and drool more easily than usual, and even become grumpy. At the same time, the baby’s sleep quality will also deteriorate. This is also a kind of torture for parents. Here are some tips to help parents who have experienced this painful stage.
When does teething begin?
Babies usually begin to grow teeth 6 months after birth. However, different children have different growth and development times. It is normal for some children to begin to grow teeth 3 months ago or 12 months ago.
Generally, the lower incisors are the first to grow, followed by the two upper incisors. Most children can grow 20 deciduous teeth before the age of 3, and all deciduous teeth are replaced by permanent teeth between the ages of 5 and 13.
Precursors of tusks
Although you can’t see the baby’s teeth that are about to grow, the baby can feel them and will show a series of precursors, including:
Redness and swelling of gums;
Something that is always hard to bite;
The gums on the top of the teeth will be uncomfortable during the growth process, and the baby will not use words to express the uncomfortable feeling, so they will become irritable and irritable.
How to help the baby relieve discomfort:
Step 1 Rub your baby’s gums
Rub your baby’s gums with clean fingers or a wet towel. Cold feeling and pressure can relieve discomfort.
2. Prepare a bite ring for the baby.
You can put pressure on your baby’s gums by biting a hard rubber bite ring to relieve uncomfortable feeling. Liquid-filled or frozen bite rings are not recommended because your baby may bite it and cause injury.
3. Wipe your baby’s saliva in time
Early teething babies will keep drooling, which can keep the baby’s mouth moist and reduce the damage to gums when teeth grow out. However, too much saliva will irritate the baby’s skin, so it is necessary to wipe off the saliva in time to keep the chin dry.
4. Avoid drugs that come into direct contact with gums
Unless recommended by a doctor, do not use drugs that are directly applied to your baby’s gums. The baby may swallow the drugs to damage his throat and affect normal swallowing. Moreover, these drugs may be diluted by the baby’s saliva soon after being applied and have no effect.
5. Brush your teeth, starting with the first tooth
Once your baby’s teeth appear, remember to brush them at least once a day. At the beginning, you can wipe your baby’s teeth with gauze or cotton swabs dipped in clear water. After your baby gets used to cleaning your teeth every day, you can choose a soft toothbrush specially designed for your baby for TA.
6. Avoid juice and sugary drinks for your baby
Limit your baby’s intake of sugary drinks. In particular, avoid sleeping with bottles. At night, juice, baby food or breast milk are more likely to cause tooth decay.
Responsible Editor: Zhang Jingyuan
Compiled by Zhang Qing
Compiled from: aboutkidshealth.ca