What You May Not Know about Teething

 

What You May Not Know about TeethingTeething is an interesting time in the life of an infant.  Being a parent to that infant may be more challenging and confusing than you ever realized.  Some babies show very few signs of teething and parents don’t even realize a tooth has erupted until they see the white mountain cap in their baby’s adorable smile.  Other parents are all too aware of every painful moment of teething their infant experiences.

Today we’re sharing some fascinating and perhaps strange things you may not know about teething:

Did you know…most babies begin to get teeth between four and seven months of age.  However, some babies are born with teeth and some babies don’t start getting teeth until around age one.  This is a perfect example of a wide range of normal.

Did you know…usually the bottom two teeth emerge first, then the top two teeth erupt.  After that, teeth on the bottom and top start sprouting, sometimes individually and sometimes in pairs.  Baby teeth tend to fall out in the same order in which they came in.

Did you know…along with drooling, fussiness, restlessness at night and biting down on anything and everything in sight, your baby can actually break a fever from teething.  Before calling the doctor about a mild fever, check your baby’s mouth to see if a new tooth is the culprit.

Did you know…diarrhea is a symptom of teething too.  You may fret that your baby ate something bad when really it’s teething that is changing his bowel movements from regular to mushy or runny.

Did you know…rashes are also common during teething.  Drooling can cause splotchiness on the chin, cheeks, neck and hands.  Due to excess acidity in diarrhea, diaper rashes may also occur more often during teething.  These rashes look fierce but will eventually subside when teething slows.

Did you know…drool isn’t just a side-effect of teething, it is actually helping your baby manage his pain.  Extra saliva is a barrier for gums that become very sensitive and irritated during teething.

Did you know…your baby may pull on his ear during teething to help relieve pain causing many parents to mistake teething for an ear infection.  What’s really happening is the nerves in your baby’s gums are connected to the ear. Tugging on the ear may ease the pain caused by these nerve endings.

Did you know…your baby may form a blister along the gum line where a tooth is soon to erupt.  When the tooth breaks through, the blister will pop and may be bloody.  It can be alarming to parents but it is normal.

Did you know…there are natural ways to help your baby manage teething pain.  All-natural teething creams are available and you can give your baby cold teething toys or washcloths to gnaw on.  Amber teething necklaces can also help – they are made out of Baltic amber that releases trace oils containing succinic acid.  When absorbed, this acid can soothe tender gums.

Did you know…your baby is not possessed when he becomes uncontrollable during teething.  Cutting new teeth is very painful for babies and they often let you know.  Be patient and spend lots of extra time loving and cuddling your baby.  You will both make it through and you’ll be stronger and pack a meaner bite (figuratively and literally, in the case of your baby) than ever before.