Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fussy Child While Teething, Do not Panic!

Your little baby, which is usually sweet, has suddenly become like biting all the objects, drooling, and makes you have to get up all night to hold and comfort her. What makes your body more panic is palpable, too warm! Do not rush her to the hospital because he might have first teething. Various myths associated with teething often we hear, for example, can teething, with fever, constant crying, runny nose, redness of the skin, even diarrhea. Is all that we hear it?

Tooth development

Healthy teeth are important for overall health of children. Without teeth, the child will not be able to eat and speak properly. Teeth begin to form below the gums when your baby is still in the womb. The first teeth usually grow at 5-7 month-old baby, but this could be different for each baby. Some teething babies have been born, while the other baby's first teeth just emerging at the age of 1 year. Lower incisors are usually grows first, followed by the incisors over 4-8 weeks later. After that, came the molars and canine teeth. At the age of 2.5 years, baby teeth are usually full of 20 pieces, including the second molars appear at age 20-30 months. New permanent teeth will appear when children enter elementary school at the age of 6-7 years.

The signs of teething

How do we know if your child is experiencing teething? Another sign of swollen gums where the teeth will appear. Some babies feel very uncomfortable with this that tends to fussy, crying, refusing to eat / drink, and often wake up at night, although there are also baby calm. This situation began 3-5 days earlier and will decrease when the teeth had come to the surface of the gums. Babies produce much saliva, but limited ability to swallow, so saliva was dripping from his mouth and hold. At the same time, they also like to put it in his mouth and bit it. Both of these are part of normal infant development, and not always associated with teething process. In addition, there could also low-grade fever (less than 38.5 oC).

Five signs your baby is teething

1. Swollen gums: You can see some of the teeth appear in the gums.
2. Saliva dripping: Your baby drooling like a leaky faucet.
3. Fussy: The small and so hard to cry inconsolably.
4. Night waking: Usually your baby to sleep peacefully at night, but now often wake up and get picked up.
5. Biting objects held: Little began to chew anything within his grasp.

How to cope

To reduce the suffering of the child, give teething ring or pacifier to chew. Do not give a pacifier dipped in sweet liquids because the sugar will be left in the teeth and allows bacteria to breed. Objects can also be a cool alternative, such as bananas or fruit juice that has been cooled in the refrigerator. Because he was glad to enter it into the mouth, your baby should not be left alone to prevent the possibility of swallowing small items that could be involved in breathing channel. Saliva dripping from the baby's mouth should be cleaned so as not to arise in skin redness. If the fever more than 38.5 oC or the child's condition was severe, perhaps this is not due to teething process and should be consulted to the doctor, and so if there are signs of other diseases. Myths we often hear is not necessarily true. Children can be infected simultaneously with the teething process. Therefore, if there are symptoms other than those mentioned above, we need to be alert. Lowering drugs fever (eg paracetamol) can be given because there is usually a mild fever, and these drugs have pain relief properties of light so that children can rest again. In addition to helping reduce the fever can be given warm water compresses and drinking a lot of gifts such as milk, mineral water, fresh fruit juice, and foods that contain lots of water.

How to cope with the discomfort

1. Give cold objects: teething rings, cold fruit juice, banana cold.
2. Drugs: Acetaminophen (paracetamol) is safe and effective for reducing discomfort in your baby, so he could sleep soundly again.

Infant dental care

Good dental care starts early in life. Just like our teeth, baby teeth also need to be cleaned, even since the first teeth grow. We often do not realize that the most appropriate time to brush your teeth after every meal and is before bed. Use a special baby toothbrush and apply gentle toothpaste little kids. Do not get used to give food to the baby's sweet because the sugar that remains can increase the risk of dental caries. The same thing could happen due to the habit of letting the bottle remained in the baby's mouth while he slept.
When to see a doctor?

Here are the circumstances that make the child needs to be taken to consult a doctor, either associated with the growth of the first tooth or teeth in general:

* A fever of more than 38.5 oC which lasted more than 1 day
* The signs of other diseases, such as frequent ear pulling (as a sign of ear pain), severe diarrhea, severe diaper dermatitis, and so on
* The first tooth has not grown at the age of 12 months
* Visible signs of tooth decay (dental caries)
* Permanent teeth grow in the milk teeth have not dated, so there are two rows of teeth
* There is disorder in the jaw or mouth (eg, small jaw, cleft palate)
* Experience in the face of injuries that hurt teeth or gums

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2 comments to “Fussy Child While Teething, Do not Panic!”

Vicki said...

nice post!

Jeffrey said...

Child teething must be the worst sleepless nights for the parents and the baby during infancy. Sometimes parents do panic when the fever come and go and all the crying bring hysteria to the family. It is better to go to the doctor or dentist (Greenville, SC) to have the baby checked. And if the teeth already came out, feed the child with nutritious foods which makes the teeth stronger and also there are toothbrushes now available for babies. Dentist in Greenville showed me on our last visit the finger toothbrush for babies. It's like a tube that you will just wear on your finger and it has tiny soft bristles on it.

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