Baby makes her teeth: how to relieve her?
Hard, hard … when the first teeth of milk appear! Some tricks can help your child to have less trouble at the time of dental flare-ups.
If your child has red cheekbones, let him dribble cheerfully, nibble at anything that passes within his reach, his gums are swollen, he moans at night, you can legitimately think he is making his teeth. Between 6 months and two years, 20 teeth of milk will pierce the gums of your toddler according to a more or less variable schedule from one child to the other.
The schedule of dental flare-ups
- Around 6-8 months: 2 central incisors in each jaw.
- Between 8 and 12 months: 2 incisors in the upper jaw and two teeth in the lower jaw.
- Between 12 and 16 months: the first four molars (two at the top and two at the bottom).
- Between 16 and 20 months: 2 canines in each jaw.
- Between 20 and 24 months: 4 molars (2 in the upper jaw and 2 in the lower jaw).
- At one year of age, if no tooth is left or some miss the call despite the months that are passing, it is advisable to consult your dentist or a pedodontist.
Do not put everything on the count of milk teeth!
Dental flare-ups can sometimes be accompanied by a slight fever (not more than 38 ° C), soft stools, diaper rash due to stool acidity, lack of appetite, Runny nose or even some irritability. Be careful though! One of the pitfalls of young parents is to put everything on account of the teeth that grow.
The warning signs of an underlying disease that require you to see a doctor:
- Your child has more than 38.5 ° C fever,
- He has abundant liquid diarrhea (several times a day),
- He vomits,
- It hurts the ears, or the nasal discharge is colored.
- Dental flare alone can not be responsible for these symptoms.
The right stuff to calm a dental flare
To relieve your child’s teeth, you can:
- Massage your gums with your little finger on which you will have applied a soothing balm.
- To propose to him a ring of teeth refrigerated, the cold has soothing virtues,
- Give him a piece of bread or a chilled carrot from 6-7 months,
- Administer a dose of paracetamol if the pain appears to be a problem,
- To resort to homeopathy and phytotherapy: it is customary to use chamomile.
Teeth that grow, what not to do
- Limit the gums with a piece of sugar.
- Try to help the tooth pierce the gum with an instrument. Otherwise, it will cause a local infection. Only pediatricians or dental surgeons are empowered in some cases to exert pressure on the gum with a tongue depressor when the tooth is about to emerge.
- Give a bottle of sweet water or fruit juice at night so that it calms down on its own. This may lead to caries.
- Use a local anesthetic or aspirin.
- Use an amber necklace, which can prove dangerous for the toddler.
How old should you brush a baby’s teeth?
- From 4 to 6 months, even in the absence of a milk tooth, pamper your baby’s gums with a wet compress, massaging very gently. Continue this gesture every day, ideally twice a day, as soon as the first teeth appear.
- At about 12 to 18 months, it is time to switch to the toothbrush. It must be very flexible.
- The brushing is carried out by the parents and is done with water.
- From 2 years, fluoride toothpaste with a dosage of 500 ppm or less can be used. Its quantity must not exceed the size of a pea.
- From 3 years up to 6 years, fluoride toothpaste at 500 ppm is recommended. The child can start brushing his teeth himself.
- No fluoride supplementation before 6 months
Fluoride supplementation is not recommended for infants younger than six months of age. It is indeed useless to supplement a baby who has no teeth, estimates the Agency for the Safety of Medicine (ANSM) because an excess of fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, with the appearance of permanent spots on the teeth. After six months, the use of fluoride supplementation concerns only children whose tooth decay risk is high. Talk to your doctor or dentist.