What to do when the first teeth are cut in a child
When the first teeth are cut, there comes a difficult period not only for the baby, but also for the mother. Often, without having enough experience, parents cannot always understand why their little one abruptly became tearful and lost her appetite. After all, the child’s gums swollen and excessive salivation may appear long before the first teeth. But some children almost painlessly endure this difficult period in their lives.
It is difficult to understand how much the first teeth are cut, because they all appear at different ages in all children. As a rule, this event occurs in the period from 3 to 9 months. Absolutely not to worry if the child's teeth appear too late. This is connected with the features of your baby, and with heredity, and, in particular, with its nutrition.
When the first teeth are being cut, the symptoms are on the face: in addition to swollen gums and increased salivation, the child’s appetite decreases dramatically, he eats almost nothing, is very naughty, constantly asks for his hands and requires breast.
Sleep is also getting worse: frequent waking up during the day and at night is very disturbing for both mother and baby. Often children have a fever, cold symptoms (the nose seems to be stuffed and a slight cough), loose stools or, conversely, constipation. Some babies scratch gums, bite everything that comes. Most of all they like to “try for a tooth” soft rubber oblong objects, for example, the foot of their doll. You can instead give the child a solid green apple, dried or carrot. Also for these purposes, the industry has developed and produced a lot of special toys that facilitate the "sharpening of teeth". These include teethers, which are made of safe materials and pleasantly cool the gums of the child.
When the first teeth are being cut, the mother should be especially patient with her baby. It was during this period that he more than ever needs your affection and attention. Of course, it is not always easy to constantly carry around a rather big child, while listening to his constant roar. You can try to play with him sitting on the floor or read books, or maybe just lie down and take a nap together. The baby will feel warm and caring, and you yourself will see how much easier it will take this difficult period.
When the first teeth are cut, special gels for gums can help the baby: they relieve the painful symptoms and itching. The baby calms down and sleeps soundly. However, it is worth noting that not all children feel better after the use of such gels. In any case, there are now a lot of medications that can help your little one when the first teeth are being cut. To use them or not, it's up to the mother, but still you need to consult an observing toddler children's specialist.
Do not forget, we all were once small and toothless, but went through this process. For some, it lasted longer, and for some it goes unnoticed. Be patient, arm yourself with knowledge, and most importantly, mothering - all this will definitely help your baby.