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The Molars Are Coming!

The molars are coming

The Molars Are Coming!

Teething is a milestone in your baby’s development. By the time he turns one (12 months), there will be a few front teeth peeking each time he will grin or burst into guffaws. As each tooth bud breaks through the gums, it will spell a certain degree of discomfort for your little one and some difficulty for you. All these, however, will pale in comparison when the baby molars start cutting through, uh-oh the molars are coming!

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Teething: Problems and Remedies

Teething Problems and Remedies

Teething is one of the early milestones that your bundle of joy may experience at around 6 months. As every child is different, don’t panic when you see an incisor poking at the lower gum as early as 3 months or overly worried when they celebrate their first birthday still toothless; the first tooth may appear as late as 14 months.

Similarly, teething experiences are not the same among babies too. There are infants that may go through some teething problems, while other kids just go through the milestone like nothing happened. If teething seems to be causing discomfort to your child, there are simple teething remedies you can help your child with.

Common Teething Problems

Your baby may exhibit some moodiness during the stage. For some babies, teething may cause their gums to swell and feel sore a few days before the first tooth would erupt.  In response to the tenderness of their gums, babies may bite their fingers. They may not want to feed because their mouths feel sore. There are also babies who drool a lot during the process, irritating their skin around the mouth, the face, chin, or chest.

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Teeth and Teething Basics

Teeth and teething basics

Infants normally use their mouths for various purposes – to suck milk, to comfort themselves, to orally explore objects, and to communicate – because the sensations in their mouths are more highly developed at this stage. When a baby begins to grow teeth, a process called teething, some notable changes may occur. As a parent, you need to be equipped with teething basics to help the little one go through the important milestone more comfortably.

Most babies begin cutting their first tooth when they are between 6 to 8 months. Some may grow their teeth earlier, while others are still toothless on their first birthday. The teething process may be painless for some and they’re able to sail through without much grumbling. However, there are infants who whine and fuss intermittently until the baby teeth come out. The personality change may persist for weeks, accompanied by crying spells, lack of appetite and disrupted sleep.

If you suspect your bundle of joy is teething, the following symptoms can help you confirm the condition.

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