Teething facts

All babies go through “Teething” and most parents struggle to alleviate the symptoms.

We’ve compiled a list of the four interesting facts about teething.

  1. The first teeth erupt at proximately six months of age and continue over the next three years.
  2. In most cases teething causes minor discomfort and may be obvious by drooling, crankiness and irritable disposition.
  3. Normal signs of teething also include red cheeks, red swollen gums and need for infant to chew things.
  4. Fever, stuffiness, diarrhea and runny nose should not be blamed on teething. A child with these conditions may require medical attention.

Teething symptoms:

  1. Refusal to feed
  2. Teething rash
  3. Biting
  4. Night waking
  5. Crying
  6. Drooling
  7. Irritability

Massaging sore gums, offering something cold, or acetaminophen, on an occasional rough night, can help soothe your baby’s teething pain. Parents can help ease teething pain by massaging their baby’s gums with clean fingers, offering solid, not liquid-filled, teething rings, or a clean frozen or wet washcloth. If you offer a teething biscuit, make sure to watch your baby while he or she is eating it. Chunks can break off easily and can lead to choking. If child refusing to be feed offer him cold foods for sometime.

Teething cookie recipe

Ingredients:

4 cups all purpose flour

1 cup of apple sauce

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp agave nectar

Mix all ingredients together with hands or mixer, shape cookies in rectangular form and bake for 20 min in 320F oven. Wait till they cool down and become hard.

Do not use teething tablets.
Stay away from teething tablets that contain the plant poison belladonna. Belladonna is commonly known as Deadly Nightshade. It is a plant whose leaves and berries are extremely toxic. Belladonna has been used as both a poison and a medicine throughout history.

By: Dr. Egle Vitaite
Specialist Paediatric Dentist, Dr. Roze & Associates Dental Clinic

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