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The characteristics of a baby teething can differ from one baby to another. Well, by recognizing the characteristics, you don't need to be anxious or confused when facing your little one who is fussy due to teething
The baby's first teeth will generally grow when they enter the age of 4-6 months. The first teeth to appear are usually the two front teeth or incisors on the lower gums.
When teething, babies may feel uncomfortable, especially in the gums. This discomfort can last from a few days to several months due to the teeth growing together.
Recognizing the Characteristics of Baby Teething Easily
In order not to be confused whether your little one is fussy due to teething or for other reasons, there are signs that your baby is teething that you need to know, including:
1. Swollen gums
To find out if your little one is teething, try opening his mouth slowly. Teething babies generally experience swollen and red gums, and may appear bruised.
Sometimes, Mother can also see the presence of teeth that appear faintly in the little inflamed gums.
2. Itchy gums Biting and sucking things around it
When teething, babies will feel itchy gums. In response to the itching sensation, the baby will suck or bite the nipple and objects around it, whether toys or cloth.
3. Drooling a lot
Until now, it is not known why teething can cause excess saliva production in babies. However, this condition is thought to occur due to increased muscle movement in the baby's mouth during the teething process.
This triggers the performance of the salivary glands to be more active, so that saliva production becomes more than usual.
4. Rash around mouth
Some babies may develop a rash around the mouth as their teeth grow. This happens because excess saliva production can cause the area around the mouth to become moist.
If you see that saliva has wet the area around your little one's mouth, immediately wipe it with a clean cloth or tissue to prevent rashes from appearing.
5. No appetite
Another characteristic of teething babies is experiencing a decrease in appetite. In some babies, this condition even makes them refuse to eat and drink at all. This is usually triggered by inflammation of the gums which usually occurs when teeth grow in.
6. Fussy at night
Teething babies tend to be more fussy or have trouble sleeping at night. This is because the rate of tooth growth will increase at night.
In addition to loss of appetite, inflammation of the gums that occurs when teeth begin to grow can make babies have a fever. However, it is recommended that you immediately take your little one to the doctor, especially if his body temperature is more than 38o Celsius or the fever lasts for more than 2 days.
How to Calm a Teething Baby
To overcome the discomfort caused by teething in babies, you can do various simple things at home, such as:
Rubbing the gums slowly
To reduce discomfort due to inflammation of the gums experienced by your little one, you can rub the gums slowly with your fingers or a clean soft cloth.
Mother can provide a teether or special toy that can be bitten by the little one to reduce itching and discomfort in the gums due to teeth growing. However, before giving it to your little one, you are advised to cool the teether in the refrigerator for a while.
Giving cold food
If your little one is 6 months old and over, you can give apple slices or other foods that have been refrigerated. This can reduce the discomfort experienced by your little one due to teething. Don't forget to keep an eye on your little one so that he doesn't choke.
By recognizing the characteristics of a baby teething, Mother can find out the right way to respond to the Little One's response. Mother also doesn't need to worry if the baby's teeth growth is a bit slow.
As long as the growth of bones, skin and hair is normal, there is actually nothing to worry about. However, you should consult a doctor if until the age of 18 months, your little one does not grow teeth.