Every moment of your baby’s first year of life is precious, since every day, your child grows a little, develops new skills, and discovers new things. Most of it is wonderful, but parents don’t like to see their babies in pain. That’s why teething can be such a hard experience. However, you can take steps to make it easier for you and your baby.
Most babies begin teething around the age of six months when the lower central incisors start to appear. Shortly after this time, the upper central incisors poke through, followed by the lateral incisors, first molars, canines, and second molars. Unfortunately, you’ll probably know that your baby is teething not because you see these teeth come in, but because your baby will be in discomfort. These are some of the signs to watch for when you’re expecting your baby to begin teething.
As a parent, you want to do everything you can to make your child more comfortable. These are some approaches that Dr. Berkeypile and our team recommend:
You might also want to take special care to dry the drool. It’s not just to keep yourself and your baby dry. Keeping your baby’s skin dry can help prevent irritation.
Once your child’s first tooth comes in, it’s time to start thinking your baby’s first trip to our Berkeley Heights, NJ office. The American Dental Association suggests that you bring your child to the dentist within six months of the appearance of the first tooth, or at about one year of age. Dr. Berkeypile can do a quick check for tooth decay, and we’ll make sure you know how to take care of your child’s new teeth.