Without a doubt, children go through different periods that are also challenges for their parents. And this is even more latent during the birth of the baby’s teeth , since, at this stage, it is common for them to suffer from a lot of pain and discomfort.
However, as everything in life passes, this phase too. And you can be more relaxed by following a few simple tips, as well as a little patience. So, if you want to know more about how to deal with baby teething, read on!
Birth of baby teeth
The birth of babies’ teeth is a period considered delicate for both parents and children. That’s because her little baby, who until then was calm and only slept, begins to have difficulty falling asleep, getting irritated, with a fever and all of that overnight. Which can generate some confusion and concern.
But, be aware that this is common among most babies from 4 or 5 months , when the gums can already start to itch, indicating the first signs of teething. Upon realizing this, among other symptoms, some care can already be started, in order to ensure the healthy development of teeth.
With this, to help you, we will bring a list with the main symptoms, as well as ways to alleviate and treat the discomfort suffered by the baby. Keep reading and learn more!
9 Main symptoms in the birth of baby’s teeth
Among the main symptoms that indicate the birth of the baby’s teeth, the most common are:
- Swelling and redness of the gums;
- Excessive saliva and drool;
- Excessive crying for no apparent reason;
- Rash and redness near the mouth due to saliva;
- Need to bite and put everything in your mouth;
- Loss of appetite;
- Low fever, between 38°C (above that, see a doctor); and
- Difficulty sleeping.
Therefore, when noticing these symptoms in your baby, know that most likely the first little teeth already want to come out. However, it is important to know that even with signs, teeth may take a while to appear.
Which also causes these symptoms to be frequent and appear from time to time, making the process a little arduous and painful.
From when the baby’s first teeth are born
Generally, the baby’s first teeth start to appear after 4 months , but in some children this process can take a little longer, causing them to appear only around 1 year of age.
Likewise, in most cases, the first teeth to emerge are the front and bottom teeth, which also indicates a new routine need for the care of the mouth and teeth . However, if your baby is more than a year old and still does not show any signs of baby teeth, it is recommended to consult a dentist to evaluate.
But, in addition, it is also important to remember that even before teeth are born it is very valid and necessary to maintain some care for cleaning, even the gums. Know more!
How to care for a baby’s first teeth
Even before the first baby teeth are born, pediatricians and dentists emphasize the need for cleaning and care of the gums . Since they are healthy, they will also be more prepared to receive teething, avoiding problems and aggravating discomfort.
Therefore, it is recommended at least twice a day to clean the gums with a gauze or damp diaper , in order to remove dirt from the food. In addition, it is preferable that this cleaning is done in the morning and before bedtime, preventing food from remaining for long hours in the mouth.
After the first tooth appears, care will be changed, once brushing can be done, but with great care, there is no need for toothpaste with fluoride until the middle of 2 years of age.
How to alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by teething
As we said before, unfortunately the pain and discomfort that the baby suffers with the birth of the teeth are common and temporary. However, there are some ways to alleviate these symptoms, allowing both the child and the parents, a better quality of life and well-being in this delicate phase.
Therefore, we have gathered some tips on how to face this moment, providing more comfort and relief. Check out!
5 Tips to Relieve the Pain of Birth of Baby’s First Teeth
- Offer iced carrot sticks : Cut carrots into sticks 1 cm wide, place in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When the baby is itchy and irritated in the gums, give it so that it bites to bring relief;
- Make popsicles with breast milk: In hot and hot periods, separate popsicle molds and add breast milk. But remember that for this you need good hygiene of hands and utensils, as well as the use of pumps to facilitate the removal of milk ;
- Give the baby bites and cold objects: Ice is a great way to ease the discomfort, but it is necessary to be careful not to expose the baby to cold too much. For this, look also for teethers with the ability to freeze , in addition to textures that can offer relief and comfort in times of itchy gums;
- In the heat, make chamomile popsicles: Chamomile is a plant known for stimulating calm and comfort in stressful situations. Therefore, some professionals guarantee that the contact of chamomile tea with irritated areas such as the baby’s gums can reduce redness, swelling and itching. So, put the chamomile tea in small popsicle molds and offer it to the baby in times of discomfort. However, remember not to sweeten it!
- Make compress with marigold: Calendula is a flower known for its calming and anti-inflammatory functions and for this reason, it is also a great choice for relieving gum irritations. So, put 2 grams of marigold flower in 150 ml of boiling water to make an infusion. After 15 minutes, soak a gauze or cloth in the tea and massage the gum. This will ease the discomfort, as well as lull the baby into sleep.
Shantala and Reflexology are massage techniques that help relieve pain
In addition to the tips listed above, many experts also recommend the use of shantala as well as foot reflexology to relieve tooth-related pain and cramping.
Both are massages that aim to relax and also activate points on the body that provide pain relief and calm . Resulting in a feeling of well-being for the baby and often also improving the quality of sleep.
To make shantala, lay the baby down in a safe and comfortable place, and rub in some baby oil or coconut oil which also has nourishing properties. From there, do light, gentle squeezing and stretching movements in your legs, arms, stomach, hands, and feet. And with the palm of your hands also massage the baby’s chest and back in a slow and calm way.
See a demonstration in the video of the M de Mulher channel:
As stated earlier, just like Shantala, reflexology can also stimulate points on the feet that will provide relief to the teeth and gums, decreasing irritability and discomfort.
So, to make the technique, proceed as follows:
- Lightly press with your thumb in a circular way the back of the 4 little toes, one by one, sliding to the base of the toe;
- Then press with your thumb bent, from the nail to the base of the finger, as if you were a sliding worm. Repeating 2-3 times; and
- Finally, again gently press the area between each baby’s toe. As this will help to strengthen the immune system and release toxins helping to prevent fevers and possible infections.
Stay calm, everything passes!
By implementing these techniques in conjunction with the other aforementioned prevention and relief tips, your baby will most likely suffer less from tooth and gum discomfort.
However, it is important to remember that these periods are normal during child development and may vary from child to child. Thus, avoid comparisons and if you do not notice improvement in symptoms, especially those related to fever, seek a doctor to assess the situation.
And know also that this change in daily life also brings positive changes, allowing new routines for introducing food , food presentation, among other factors that will contribute to your baby’s healthy development.
So, rest assured, this phase of teething passes and soon, all this discomfort will not even be remembered.
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Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.