When Will My Baby’s Teeth Come In?
When do babies get their first teeth?
After about 6 months of age, the baby finally begins to cut teeth. This is a very crucial moment. To avoid infection or the development of pathologies, you need to know the approximate timing of teething in children.
By controlling the process of the appearance of teeth, parents can help the baby cope with this difficult stage in his life.
How do you know that the teething process has already begun? The initial signs may be profuse salivation and sudden mood swings. In addition, in this way, the salivary glands improve their work.
The child's moody behavior during teething is explained by a feeling of discomfort in the oral cavity. The gums itch and hurt. The baby begins to demand more of the mother's breast, especially at night.
To scratch sore gums, children begin to pull everything into their mouths. During this period, you need to make sure that the baby does not introduce an infection in this way. Children's stores sell special silicone combers for the gums that little kids love to chew. Instead, you can give your baby a bagel or a crust of bread, but care should be taken not to choke on the crumbs.
If in the first months of the process there are transparent liquid discharge from the nose - do not worry. This is a natural occurrence when the upper front teeth are erupting. But if the discharge is greenish, an infection may have been introduced.
At the place where the tooth begins to cut, the gums turn red, and you can see a peaking tooth. It is easily felt with a finger.
Often, due to inflammation of the mucous membrane, the child has a slightly increased temperature. Usually it does not rise above 37.8 degrees, since the location of the inflammatory process is negligible.
Whatever the temperature during teething, you need to periodically see the pediatrician, as you can miss the onset of the development of an intestinal infection, especially if the malaise is accompanied by diarrhea and vomiting.
Teething timing and sequence
To be sure that there are no problems during teething, you need to know the approximate timing of this process. For convenience, it is better to keep a table of teething of milk teeth.
Such a table will help predict the occurrence of each next one and, in case of a delay, detect the problem in time. Often nutrition, climate, hereditary factors can affect the timing.
Terms in the order of appearance of children's teeth :
- bottomrow of incisors: in front - 6-9 months, on the sides - 9-12 months;
- upper row of incisors: front - 7-10 months, sides - 9-12 months;
- first molars: upper jaw - 12-18 months, lower jaw - 13-19 months;
- canines: upper jaw - 16-20 months, lower jaw - 17-22 months;
- second molars: lower jaw - 20-33 months, upper jaw - 24-36 months.
The order of teething of deciduous teeth clearly shows the scheme of teething in children. The incisors are cut first. By the age of three, the baby should already have 20 milk teeth. The dates may shift, it all depends on when the first one began to grow. Four teeth can erupt at the same time.
Sometimes there are delays in the growth of teeth up to 9-10 months. In boys, this period begins later than in girls. Gum massage and chew toys comb will help stimulate it. Cases of missing tooth buds are rare. Then you should quickly contact your pediatric dentist.
To alleviate discomfort and balance the child's behavior, in addition to chewing toys, they use cold and a variety of traditional medicine. Herbal decoction of lavender, mint, chamomile and lemon balm flowers is excellent.
To strengthen the gums, the child is given sage infusion. To relieve irritation and pain, you can rub a tincture of valerian into the gums. Also, in pharmacies, various gels and ointments are sold to facilitate the appearance of teeth in babies. They temporarily relieve pain, which immediately soothes the baby.
At the age of about 5-6 years, milk teeth begin to fall out one by one. The roots dissolve and the tooth gradually looses. Teething of molars in children is usually accompanied by the formation of three - gaps that provide enough space for the growth of a new tooth.
If they are absent, a curvature of the row of teeth may occur due to a lack of space in the jaw arch. A situation where a child constantly touches a growing tooth with his tongue can lead to the same effect.
Sometimes there are more serious problems than delayed teething.
The shade of a child's tooth can tell what problem is causing this phenomenon :
- yellowish-greenish - destruction of red blood cells, serious disorders of bilirubin metabolism;
- yellowish brown - the effect of antibiotics;
- reddish - interruptions in the exchange of porphyrin pigment;
- blackish neck - chronic inflammation associated with a bacterium of the letotrichia group.
Malocclusion is manifested due to prolonged use of the nipple, insufficient jaw size or tissue swelling.
If teething does not occur after 9 months, this may be evidence of rickets, metabolic disorders, or infection. In the case of too early appearance of teeth, disorders in the endocrine system can be detected. Edited byIn some cases, milk teeth may appear even before the baby is born. Often in such cases, they are simply removed.
Many problems can be a consequence of the mother's improper lifestyle or illnesses she suffered while carrying and feeding the baby.
Parents are responsible for the health of their child, so control of even those processes that seem like little things must be present. The formation of a row of teeth is a serious process that cannot be ignored.