Babies Born with Teeth, is This Normal?
Naturally babies born with teeth growing process when they are growing. It makes all parents must get some experience of baby teething or the process when toddler grows their teeth for the first time. Although it is a natural process, there always be some problems that appear. Some problems are likely to appear for natural cases, but some problems might appear due to unhealthy habits.
To anticipate baby teething problems that commonly appear, you have to know more about several things. Parents should know that toddler teeth start grow when it is six month old. There are also some common symptoms and several habits that affect the teething process.
When the teething starts
Normally a baby start teething when it is 6 month old. The teeth are not permanent yet. The permanent teeth will grow and replace these baby teeth when the kid is about 6 and 7 years old. Naturally all the teeth do not grow at the same time. The teething start on the lower jaw when the baby is 6 moth old then it is followed by the upper jaw when the baby is about 7.5 months.
The teething on the lower jaw starts from 6 months to 20 months. When the baby is about 6 months old, the middle incisor will start growing and it is followed by the side incisors when it is 7 months old. It takes some times until the baby is one year old to grow the first molar teeth on the lower jaw. Then when the baby is 16 months old, the fangs starts growing. The teething on the lower jaw ended when the baby is 20 months old with the second molar teeth.
The teething process also happens on the upper jaw almost at the same time. The first teeth of the upper jaw is the mid incisor that grows when the baby os 7.5 months and followed by the side incisors when the baby is 9 months old. The teething is continued when the baby is 18 months with the fangs. After the baby is one year and two months the first molar teeth grow, while the second molar teeth grow when the baby is two years old. So, in total baby teething takes about two years to complete.
Common symptoms of baby teething, not babies born with teeth
The signs or symptoms appear when the first new tooth emerges. Some similar symptoms will appear for the next emerging teeth. Some babies are pretty lucky for they might only experience the symptoms for the first emerging teeth. However, it can be tricky for some kids might experience worse signs every time a new tooth emerging.
According to Dr. Deb Lonzer, the Department of Community Pediatrics chairperson oft Cleveland Clinic Children’ Hospital, explains that around one third of toddlers experiences some symptoms such as drooling, irritability, swollen gum, and sleeping problem. When a tooth appear below the gum, some baby might feel uncomfortable when they are eating. They also tend to chew, bite, or suck on anything because their gum feels like itchy.
There are also some other signs that most parents do not realize,such as rubbing the ears. When the molar teeth, especially the second ones, emerging, babies will likely to feel uncomfortable and itchy even to the ears. Some sleeping problems like nightmare and difficult to sleep will likely to appear for the teeth will grow a little faster at night. However, you do not have to worry too much for these symptoms normally will last for two to three days.
Although all of the symptoms seem normal for babies born with teeth emerging, some babies might experience worse symptoms. The irritability might lead the body immune system to respond and makes the baby gets fevers. The baby might seems sick, but it is still normal as long as the temperature is not too high. It is suggested for you to consult with the doctor whether you need to give your baby some fever medicine, especially if the fever last for more than three days.
Home remedies for teething baby
So, what can parents do when their baby experiences some teething signs? You have to stay calm, but pay more attention on the baby. You do not have to do anything when the symptoms do not affect the baby health too much. However, still you have to pay attention when worse signs appear.
When the baby experiences some symptoms such as rubbing their face and ear or chew and bite anything they can grab, it means they feel uncomfortable with their gum. The best way to reduce the symptoms, you can give some facial massage. Rub the face of your baby gently with circular motion, especially around the jaws. It will increase the bloodstream and reduce the itchiness.
If the symptoms do not get better, you can also perform some gum massage. However, you have to make sure your hands’ hygiene. Wash your hands well and clean it with cold water to lower the temperature. And then you can massage the gum very gently. The massage and cold temperature will reduce the itchiness and calm your baby.
How about late teething?
Not only focus on how to anticipate the symptoms, as parents you also have to pay attention on the teething time. Normally the teething starts when the baby is 6 months old. Some babies might experience early teething. It is still normal when they are already 5 months, but early teething is pretty rare. There are more babies who experience late teething. It is called late when babies’ teeth have not start emerging yet until they are 7 months old.
According to Dr. Paul Horowitz who founded Discovery Pediatrics in Valencia, California, late teething will affect baby’s overall development. Late teething is commonly caused by lack of nutrition. It is recently to be a problem for babies who do not get enough breast milk. You have to consult and check your baby’s health condition to the doctor to make sure you give your baby the right nutrition to trigger the teething.
The bottom line, parents should notice every teething symptom and the time baby teething time. Some symptoms are normal, but parents should anticipate worse situation and act right.