Around four to eight months, teething sets in and tends to affect your child’s health with the lower front teeth. Teething continues until 30-36 months of age with the appearance of the molar.
Symptoms you should take note of include irritability, sleep disruption, swelling or inflammation of the gums, drooling, loss of appetite, mouth rash, mild temperature, diarrhea, increased biting and gum-rubbing and even ear-rubbing. Mind you, not all infants experience teething symptoms.
Research shows that teething starts around six months of age and us associated with a lower level of immunity. At this time, the infant’s immunities gotten from their mother through the placenta, is on the decrease. During this time, infants easily succumb to infections since the babies immunity has just started to kick in. Here are a list of symptoms your baby is likely to display:
– Drooling/Skin Rashes
– Biting and Gnawing
– Low Grade Fever
– Cheek rubbing and ear pulling
It is important when observing some of these signs that you take your baby to the pediatrician. Many of us are fond of self medication. It is vital you don’t risk your child’s health by giving over the counter drugs. Remember, at this stage of teething, your baby’s immunity is just building up. This us all the more reason to take your baby to a doctor.
For whatever reason you may need to relieve baby’s pains, then medicines that can be placed on the gums are: Acetaminophen (Children’s Tylenol, for example). Ibuprofen should not be used in infants less than 6 months old. They should be used only for the few times when the other home care methods do not help. Caution should be taken not to over medicate for teething.
The medicine may cover up a fever that could be important to know about. If you are using a pain medicine for more than 2 days, speak to your doctor. Do not give children products containing aspirin.
Topical pain relievers containing benzocaine should not be used for teething. The FDA warns that dangerous, sometimes life-threatening side effects can be caused by such products. Benzocaine can be found in over-the-counter medications.
The best bet is to take your baby to a pediatrician.