Teething is an important developmental milestone for a baby. Most of the newborns show symptoms of teething between the age of 4 to 7 months. Sometimes teething starts bit late around 10 to 12 months of age, so the parents should not get worried about late teething of their baby. Generally, up to the age of 3 years the baby gets his or her full set of teeth.
How early can a baby start teething is a general question in mind of parents. The answer is, rarely it is also seen that the baby is born with one or two teeth. This way the teething may start even before the age of 4 months. So, the timing of teething should not be a big cause of concern for parents.
Early teething signs in a baby
- If baby is below 6 months and being breast fed, it is a common experience that he tend to bite at the end of the each feeding session. They become tired of sucking so resort to some other thing. You, as a mother, can judge as to when your baby has slowed down his sucking speed considerably. Then, you should detach your baby from the nipple by putting a finger in the baby’s mouth so that the baby does not feel any discomfort. The finger will open his mouth with ease. If you try to pull out your nipple you may get a very hard bite at it.
- Baby have problem in sleeping, feeling irritated and fussy at night. This is due to uneasiness and pain in gums.
- Excessive drooling is also a sign of early teething.
Home remedies for early teething
Babies also tend to bite because they have sore gums. So, you should give teething rings or toys to your baby frequently so that he eases himself out. It’s better to keep the toys in the freezer because the sensation of cold actually relieves your baby of the pain from sore gums. Avoid, those rings that contain water as they may get punctured by our baby’s newly emerging teeth.
Ice creams, pieces of ice, popsicles etc. produce cold sensation in the mouth of the baby and reduce the soreness as well as the tendency to bite. Actually, the gums become temporarily numbed and hence the soreness vanishes.
You can even rub the gums of your baby with a cold cloth. Make sure that the cloth is clean and hygienic. A frozen cloth is also a good alternative, as babies like to bite on this manageable thing. Mothers also like this method very much as it is quite manageable both for the mother as well as the baby.
You must also keep in mind that during teething babies tend to avoid taking feed frequently because the sore gums and the pain that results thereof grip their attention. This is not something unnatural or worrisome and you should not try to force your baby in taking feed.
Even if you are trying all the above methods and still your baby is not responding to them, you should allow time to heal the soreness of the gums. You should also resort to expressing your milk as the baby is not interested in it and you have to save yourself from engorgement of your breasts for the benefit and future nurturing of the baby.
If the baby facing abnormal problems during teething, consult the doctor. Various teething gels like Dentinox and Bonjela are quite effective at easing the painful gums of your baby. Apply them before feeding your baby. Similarly, some tablets that readily dissolve in the baby’s mouth also help a lot in this regard.