Baby Teeth Order and at Home Nursing Care
The baby teeth order is actually similar to adult. However, the teething process takes a longer time with some symptoms that every parent should notice. Most babies at least will experience two or three symptoms and some might experience worse situation. Parents should also notice that baby teething would emerge in a particular order. The teeth do not emerge faster and at the same time. In fact, they emerge from the gum with certain order and ended when the baby is two years old.
To take care of your babies well during the teething process, you should pay attention on several things. Firstly, the age of the baby when they start teething. Secondly, the teething order both in the upper and lower jaws. And the last, basic at home nursing care to reduce the symptoms of baby teething.
The age when babies start teething
Normally babies’ teeth are emerging when they reach 6 months old. Some babies might teeth early like in the age of late 4 months or early 5 months. It is still normal, but the babies might experience more serious symptoms like fever because of the immune system’s response.
Although early teething might lead the baby to experience more symptoms, in normal condition it does not affect the overall growth or lead to some serious health issue. You just need to control the nutrition for it might affect the baby’s appetite. Just make sure that baby teeth order is normal.
In some cases, babies might also experience late teething. It is still normal if the baby starts teething at 7 months. However, when the baby is more than 7 months and it has not experienced any teething sight, parents should be more aware. The late teething is commonly caused by imbalanced nutrition. In this case, you have to check the baby to the doctor to fix the situation.
Different from early teething, late baby teething might affect the overall growth of the baby. Of course, it will make the baby cannot chew and bite their food well. Late teething also affects the quality of the teeth even the permanent teeth that will emerge later. The teeth might get decay easier in the future.
The baby teething order
All babies must experience the same teething order that normally starts at around 6 months old. The teething will always start in the lowe jaw. The first teeth that emerge are the mid incisor. Then when baby reaches 7 months the side incisors will emerge. No more than one month later or around the age 7,5 months old the teething occurs in the upper jaws. Similar to the lower jaw teething process, the mid incisors will emerge before the other teeth. And the process is followed by the side incisors in the upper jaw when the baby is 9 months old.
Both of the lower and upper incisors will grow faster until the baby reaches 12 months old or one year. In this age, the first molar teeth of the lower jaw are emerging. Molar teeth are bigger than the incisors, so it may lead to more symptoms. The teething will occur for about 4 months until the baby is 16 months old and the upper fangs emerging. Two months later, the lower fangs emerging after the first lower molar teeth emerged when the baby is 14 months old.
The last process in baby teething happens when the baby reaches 20 months old. It starts by the second upper molar teeth emerging. The overall process will normally end when the baby reaches two years old or 24 months old with the second lower molar teeth emerging. Each baby might experience one month earlier or one month late for every process, and it is normal.
The baby teething common signs
After knowing the baby teeth order, parents should also notice the common symptoms of baby teething. The signs or symptoms can be really tricky. In some cases, the baby might not even experience any symptoms, especially for the incisor teething. However, some babies can be very sensitive and experience worse symptoms.
The common signs of baby teething is that the baby will start chewing and biting anything that they can grab. When the first teeth are emerging, the baby might feel itchy on their gum and chewing or biting will reduce the itchiness. In this case, you have to watch the baby in case they grab something dangerous.
In the next teething process, when the molar teeth are emerging more symptoms may occur. Molar teeth are bigger than incisor, so the game will feel more uncomfortable that before. The baby might scratch their cheeks and are around their ears, for they feel itchy and uncomfortable. Most babies will also experience sleep problem at night because the teeth grow faster at night.
The worse situation that might be experienced by the babies is fever. The teeth will tear the gum and create some wound. The immune system will react to the infection and makes the baby’s temperature get higher. It is still normal when the fever last for three days and the temperature does not go too high. Normally, the fever will heal after two or three days.
Basic at home remedies for teething symptoms
To help the baby reducing the teething symptoms, there are several things that parents can do. To reduce the uncomfortable feeling and itchiness, you can help the baby massaging the jaw and ear area gently. Press the jaw and area behind the ears gently with circular motion. It will effectively reduce the itchiness and relax your baby. Give the baby a little massage at night will also help them sleep better.
If the baby experience fever, water can be the best remedy. Give the baby some water constantly will help lower the temperature. The water normally is colder than your baby’s temperature, it will also reduce the itchiness. If the fever last for too long, it is suggested for you to give the baby fever medicine that is suggested by your doctor to prevent stiffness.
Overall, as parents you don’t have to worry too much when your baby start teething. All you need to do is watch it well. Pay attention to the age of the baby when they start teething. It is also important for you to anticipate every teething phase. Make sure you consult with the doctor and always have fever medicine to anticipate the worst symptom due to the teething process and baby teeth order.