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Teething is one of your baby’s developmental milestones, and sometimes this journey can be tough for both parents and babies. It helps to know what to expect when your child is teething and how to make the process a little less painful.
For some babies, teething can be a painless process, but for others, it can be a very uncomfortable condition, causing distress to both you and your baby. There is no set date when your baby’s first tooth will arrive. Babies usually start teething around 6 months of age; however, some babies start teething at any time between 3 months and 12 months of age. Some babies can even be born with teeth!
As the roots of your baby’s teeth grow, they push the edges of the teeth through their gums. In most cases, your baby will experience the most discomfort with their first teeth, as the sensation is new, and then later with their molars because of their size.
If your baby is teething, you may notice some of the following signs:
There are several things that you can try to help ease your baby’s teething pain. Some things may work better than others, however, most parents would agree that they’re always worth a try. Below are some tips to help your baby feel better while teething.
Teeth are some of your children’s most important possessions. How you look after their teeth from the time they are babies will make a difference to how they grow and how healthy they are.
Start cleaning your baby’s teeth early. At first, you can use a clean, damp washcloth or gauze, or brush them gently with a soft, infant-sized toothbrush and water. Once your baby is old enough, usually above the age of 1 or 2 years, your child can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste (such as My First Colgate Toothpaste) and be taught to spit it out after brushing. Do not let your child swallow the toothpaste or eat it out of the tube because an overdose in fluoride can be harmful to kids.
Baby bottle decay is caused by frequent exposure, over time, to liquids containing sugars, such as milk, formula and fruit juices. Below are some simple steps to help prevent tooth decay in your infant.