Smiling happy toothless babies are adorable to see and we smile right along with them with their cooing sounds and tiny giggles. Soon they start to become grumpy and slobber down their little chins all over their onesies. All you can think about is having your baby feel better and smile again without teething pain.
It’s not the most favorite time for parents, but it is a natural process in the development of a baby. Your baby will be fussy, and might lose his appetite because it hurts to pinch down on the bottle nipple or mom’s breast with his tender gums. Research indicates that teething does not cause loss of appetite or diarrhea or other symptoms that you might detect. Usually what you will see is the discomfort from baby’s pain and perhaps a slight fever. If you notice other symptoms take your baby to your healthcare provider for checking.
Your baby’s mood will be grouchy because he feels grouchy and the only way to let you know is to cry when those first teeth come in. Then when the second teeth come in, it starts all over again. If you had him sleeping all night through, that might have changed so that you are up throughout the night consoling him and trying to lessen his misery.
Timeline for Baby Teeth
Every baby will be different and the times shown in the graphs below are a general timeline for baby teeth coming in. They usually erupt the gums in pairs with the lower central incisors being first.
A few months later, the top two central incisors will come in. Some babies will have four lower teeth or four upper teeth come in and that’s going to be his method for his baby teeth coming in.
The usual timeline for baby’s teeth to come in are:
Natural Remedies for Baby’s Teething Pain
Ice is an age-old remedy used by many people for pain relief. It is also good for your baby to sooth those painful gums. Freeze some safe items such as teethers or a pacifier and let him gnaw on those. Don’t use anything that can cause choking such as the small beads sold for babies. You can also soak a soft washcloth in ice water and let him chew down on it.
- Soak a cloth in cool chamomile or peppermint tea used by many cultures for thousands of years.
- Use only caffeine-free teas.
- Never us herbs or plants from the wilds or your garden because of botulism risk.
- Use a clean finger and rub baby’s gums.
- Do not let baby chew on CDs; they will cut baby’s gums.
- Do not use essential oils on a baby’s gums.
- Clove oil has a natural numbing effect. You can get it from the pharmacist. Mix one drop of clove oil with one tablespoon of olive oil and rub over baby’s sore gums.
- Or, buy clove oil for teething babies already mixed shown here on Amazon.com®. It is BPA-free and contains chamomile, clove and peppermint. Simply rub on baby’s gums and just maybe he will go to sleep.
- Frozen homemade popsicles are good for 6-month old’s and older babies.
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Baltic amber necklaces do not work, so don’t invest in the beads that can be a choking hazard. It’s a myth that the chemical properties have pain relief in them. The other colors of amber do nothing either.
Your baby might not feel like napping during the day. He might have flushed cheeks with gums that are red and swollen when the teeth start to come through the gums. You can feel the white spot where the tooth is and it will feel hard to you. By 2-1/2 years old, the baby teeth should all be in.
Help to ease your baby’s sore gums and his inconsolable stress going through this phase. A baby is sunshine and moonbeams and much more brightening your world as never before.