Teething is a natural process marked by the appearance of the baby’s first teeth. The first emergence of teeth can indeed make your baby look adorable but the process is painful for your baby as the gums become tender and sore making your baby crankier than usual.
Teething can occur somewhere between four to seven months while some babies can get it as early as in three months and in some babies teething tends to arrive late by a year. The first teeth to make an entry in your baby’s mouth are the two front bottom teeth called as central incisors. The next to erupt are the four upper front teeth called as the central and lateral incisors. The central and lateral incisors usually take somewhere between four to eight weeks of time after the bottom teeth appear. Rest of the teeth- molars and eyeteeth erupt periodically and make a complete set of twenty primary teeth by the time the baby turns three years old! The emergence of teeth may not be in a consistent manner as they seem to be erupting in all directions but straight! Do not worry as eventually they will form symmetry of their own. These teeth are baby teeth which will eventually fall out around six years of age which is the time for permanent teeth to erupt. In case your child is facing a significant delay in teething, it is time to consult your doctor.
While teething is actually painful for your baby with all the swollen, sore gums and teeth trying to make their way out but for some babies teething is painless. Some babies might be extra sensitive to the pain and might become extremely fussy during this period. The pain starts occurring three to five days before the teeth actually show up. When teething occurs the baby drools more than usual while also having a tendency to chew on things as the swollen gums irritate the baby making him chew on hard things. There is a marked change in behaviour during this time as babies get irritable, fussy with bouts of crying, change in sleeping and eating patterns. A slight fever is also a common occurrence during teething. Cases of high fever or diarrhea during teething are less heard of and should actually be checked with the doctor to rule out any other causes. So in short, the symptoms are:
Teething is a hard time for the baby which needs you to exercise enough care and patience as a parent. If you are trying to train or set a pattern of sleep for your baby, relax a bit and let your baby sail through the teething period and then start again.