The first set of teeth, often known as milk teeth, consists of twenty teeth and typically erupts in pairs. The teeth in the lower jaw typically erupt first, followed by the teeth in the upper jaw that corresponds to them. The first milk teeth are typically removed around the sixth or seventh month of life, and the last of the set is extracted at various times between the twenty and thirty-first months of life.
Therefore, the total time taken up by the first set of teeth can be expected to be anywhere from one and a half years to two years. The procedure, on the other hand, differs from person to person in terms of its overall duration and the periods and order in which the teeth debut. To elaborate any further on this topic, however, is entirely unnecessary.
A natural process is responsible for their development. Errors in managing the routine and health of the newborn, both before the emergence of the teeth and during the process itself, are a common cause of discomfort and difficulty in the process, making it more difficult and uncomfortable for the infant.
An apprehensive and loving mother’s most pressing concern, therefore, is how the risks and challenges associated with teething might be mitigated to any degree or, if at all possible, avoided entirely. Consequently, receiving a few pointers on this topic might be helpful. First, I will discuss how to care for the baby when teething doesn’t cause any problems, and then I will discuss how to care for the baby when teething does cause problems.
When the baby is teething, it is not difficult to manage. The symptoms associated with teething will be of the mildest kind, and the management of the infant will be the most simple it can possibly be. This will be the case for the child who has a healthy constitution and has been properly, that is, naturally fed, upon its mother’s milk and no other food source.
Natural dentition is another name for tooth development that occurs naturally. The symptoms of natural dentition, another name for this condition, include increased saliva flow, swelling and heat of the gums, and occasionally flushing of the cheeks. The child has a habit of shoving its fingers or whatever it can get its hands on into its mouth. It’s thirstier than usual due to tender gums, so it’s drinking breast milk more often but for shorter periods.
It is fretful and restless, and unexpected fits of crying and occasional waking from sleep, with a minor propensity towards vomiting, and even looseness of the bowels are not uncommon symptoms. It is common for many of these symptoms to manifest several weeks before the tooth actually appears, indicating that the process referred to as “breeding the teeth” is occurring. In situations like this, the symptoms go away after a few days, only reappearing when the tooth is getting closer to the gum’s surface.
Treatment: The care that needs to be given to the newborn in this scenario is really straightforward, and the intervention of the medical attendant is rarely required. The youngster has to spend a lot of time outside in the fresh air and get plenty of exercises. Castor oil should be used to keep the child’s intestines loose and open, and they should try to be as relaxed as possible throughout this stage. Sponging with cold water should be done every day, and the body’s surface should be rubbed dry with a flannel that is as rough as the sensitive skin of the infant will allow; friction is very helpful.
It is recommended that the breast be provided frequently, but only for short periods at a time. This will ensure that the irritation of the gums is eased, the thirst is quenched, and the gums remain moist and relaxed without being overloaded by the breast. Additionally, during this period, the mother needs to pay close attention to her health and diet, and she should steer clear of anything stimulating her nervous system, such as foods or drinks containing caffeine.
As soon as the child’s teeth come in, the child will find that any pressure applied to their gums makes them more comfortable because it reduces their sensitivity and the pain they experience. For this function, coral is typically used, as well as a piece of orris root or scraped licorice root. However, a flat ivory ring is much safer and better because there is no risk of it being pushed into the eyes or nose. The baby enjoys it when the nurse gently rubs his gums with her finger, which also reduces the level of irritation he is feeling. This is one of the reasons why it should be done regularly.
It is common in France to dip the licorice root and other items into honey or powdered sugar candy. In Germany, a little bag containing a mixture of sugar and spices is given to the child to suck whenever the infant is fussy and uncomfortable during the teething process. However, using sweet and stimulating components consistently must cause damage to the stomach, which makes their employment very unpleasant.