The baby grows its teeth after sometime, perhaps around becoming a toddler. The first set of teeth is called milk-teeth which are twenty in number. The milk-teeth protrude in pairs with the lower jaw seeing a faster growth than that of the upper jaw. The first milk-teeth appears when the baby is six or seven months old and the last set of teeth appears between the twentieth and the thirtieth months.
It takes a year and a half for the baby to develop its first set of teeth. However, this process, the duration and the order of the growth of the teeth differs. The development of the baby’s teeth is a natural process which might turn out to be a painful one due to the errors in the feeding, nursing and the overall health of the baby. The milk-teething period is the most crucial period of the baby’s transition to childhood.
The baby is subject to danger during the first dentition which conscientious mothers should look after to reduce the dangers associated with teething in a baby. It is advisable to prevent the whole of difficulties or dangers associated with teething. Here are a few tips which you may find useful to prevent your baby from getting involved in any sort of danger. These symptoms are part of natural teething.
Symptoms of natural teething
If your baby has remained healthy with proper and natural diet which means the milk from its mother alone, the symptoms of teething will not be severe and will remain mild and you’re your caretaking efforts will also remain easy. Natural dentition has a few symptoms like more of saliva secretion, swelling and heat of gums and flushing of cheeks occasionally. Thumb-sucking or putting any other objects available into the mouth.
Increase in thirst, wanting to be breastfed more often, fretfulness and restlessness, crying often, vomiting, loose bowels are some of the symptoms that precede teething. Such symptoms often show up before several weeks before teething, disappear and recur while the teething eventually happens.
In such cases, no medical assistance is required and you may take the child out in open air, clean up bowels with castor oil, use flannels to wash and wipe the baby and breastfeed often to alleviate thirst and keep the gums retain moist. The mother must also forego stimulant drinks and food.
The irritation and unease in the gums can be taken care of with coral, orris-root, scraped liquorice-root or ivory flat ring but usage of confectionaries to soothe the teeth and gums is highly risky.