While teething is a normal process that occurs in all children, it may be a painful and stressful experience for some children and parents as well. More so the first time parents who have no idea when and how the first tooth will appear.
Teething is the eruption of primary teeth from the baby’s gums. Normally, the process starts between 4-12 months but in some cases, your baby’s teeth may start erupting as early as 3 months. The primary teeth or what is also referred to as milk teeth are made up of 20 teeth which are fully erupted at age 3 years. Some of the complications that may arise and necessitate a visit to the pediatrician include:
Bleeding gums, excess diarrhea and fever
Temperatures above 102 degrees Fahrenheit are not acceptable; if your baby has such ranges, don’t ignore it. Take the child to a doctor. Normal diarrhea or looseness in the stool is acceptable but too much of it will make the child sickly and very weak. If this happens, visit a pediatrician. The same applies to bleeding gums, a little blood spotting is normal in some children due to eruption hematoma or blisters in the mouth but many drops of blood are a danger sign.
An eruption cyst occurs when the gum becomes swollen and bluish in color. This happens when the gum is filled with fluids and the eruption of the tooth is delayed. A gentle massage can help relieve the pain but if it persists, visit a pediatrician dentist. At times, the doctor surgically removes the cysts to allow the tooth to come out.
The early and delayed eruption
Some kids may be born with teeth, a condition referred to as natal teething. Although rare, other infants have teeth erupting 30 days after birth. This can be as a result of medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism and neurofibromatosis. If the child is not in pain and all the teeth are well aligned, there is no need to visit a dentist. Delayed eruption of teeth is also common and is mostly caused by genetic disorder. Conditions such as cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome are known to cause this abnormality.
Always have it in mind that all children are different, some will start teething at 4 months while others during the 7th. Be conversant with the normal teething symptoms. This way, you will be in a position to notice the abnormalities.