Most of us can’t resist fawning over the appearance of babies first tooth, but it can also be a somewhat uncomfortable time for your child. Some parents will notice a few changes in their baby’s mood but don’t always know what’s going on. Dr. Joseph and Dr. John Barnhart of Barnhart Dental understand what’s going on when a little one begins to grow teeth. The symptoms are easy to spot once you know what to look for.
The Journey of a First Tooth and Beyond
Babies usually get their first tooth around six months of age. By the time they are thirty months old, they will usually have around twenty. Before the first pearly white becomes visible, there are signs that it’s on its way. The gums may be a bit tender and uncomfortable which may cause a baby to be fussy and irritable. The baby may even develop a rash on his or her face from the excessive drooling. The little one may also be chewing on things to help soothe their gums. Giving them cold teething toys to chew on can be a welcome relief.
During the process, a baby may demonstrate other symptoms that are mistakenly linked to the growth of new teeth. Restless sleep, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, and a high fever or not medically linked to teething, though the stress that comes from the process may make babies and young children more susceptible to developing common childhood illnesses. This is one of the reasons why additional symptoms may be present during the teething process. Barnhart Dental is your Vienna, MO dental team of choice when it comes to understanding teething and the symptoms associated with this wonderful natural process.