Babies have a wide range of variability when it comes to getting their first tooth. In most cases, babies will normally get their first tooth by their first birthday. By 3 months, most babies are already showing signs of first teeth and exploring the world with their mouths more.
Some babies are even born with their first teeth, while most babies will often show teething symptoms when they are 6 months old. Babies get a full set of teeth by the age 3. How do you know if your baby is about to teeth? What are the signs and symptoms of baby teething? Should you worry if your baby’s first tooth does not show after 4 months?
If you are worried that your baby may not be on the right track to teething, here are the first signs of teething you should look out for:
Drooling is the first sign your baby’s tooth is almost on the way. At the age of 4-10 months, your baby will start drooling a lot as the amount of saliva in the baby’s mouth increases. If you find your baby drooling a lot, wipe their chin often and fasten a bib to keep them clean.
Your baby may also develop rashes and redness around his mouth, chest, and neck because of constant drooling. To prevent irritation, you should apply a nursing cream on the chest and neck to create a moisture barrier and protect the baby’s skin.
Coughing can also be a sign that your baby’s teething is underway. Babies experience constant cough and gag when they are almost teething. You don’t have to worry about the constant cough as long as your baby does not have the flu or cold.
Babies experience discomfort from the teeth poking. As a way of relieving the pressure, babies will often bite and chew. They are likely to gnaw anything they come across, including clothes, toys, rattles, and your nipples during breastfeeding. If the baby bites during breastfeeding, take them off the breast and offer some form of comfort like strollers, guards, or your fingers.
Gum hematoma is a bluish lump that appears under the baby’s gum when they are about to get their first teeth. Sometimes, blood is trapped under the gums as tooth eruption occurs, and this should not worry you too much.
If you want gum hematoma to disappear and relieve the baby of pain, you should apply a cold washcloth or compress on the baby’s gums. If the pain persists, you should book an appointment with your dentist in Sydney for a dental checkup.
Baby teething starts at different ages. While most babies will get their first set of teeth before the first year, others may take longer. Baby teeth will arrive in the center first and spread outwards. Incisors are the first pair of teeth you see when your baby starts teething.
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