2018-10-14

When do the first teeth grow? Useful tips

When do the first teeth grow? Useful tips

Normally the first milk teeth appear around the 5th and 8th month of life of the baby and more precisely they are two lower central incisors. Afterwards, the small teeth above and the incisors on the left and right grow. At the age of one and a half years, even the first molars appear, up to the age of three, where the baby puts on all 20 milk teeth.

But how do you know?

You realize the eruption of the first tooth of our child because there are white dots at the gum, which is red and rather swollen. In addition, the little one has little appetite, red cheeks and cries continuously for the pain. The newborn, in fact, can be a bit annoyed by the presence of the new tooth, and could manifest it with tears, restlessness and difficulty in getting to sleep, also tends to put everything that happens under fire, drooling more than necessary for the increased secretion of saliva.

In fact, there are those who have a slight fever with the beginning of the eruption of the first teeth or there is a cold. But these temporary illnesses could be due more to a general weakening that predisposes the child to the contagion of some virus. On the other hand, excessive salivation leads to episodes of diarrhoea.

How to relieve pain and discomfort?

To reduce the discomfort caused by the eruption of milk teeth and above all by the frenetic tendency to chew, rubber toys containing coolant can be used to keep them in the freezer or in the refrigerator. This reduces the feeling of tension as the child with this type of game can get an anaesthetic action due to the cold. This is a remedy designed to distract the child from the perceived discomfort. Foods that are too hot should be avoided at all costs.

Chewing ring

Ideally, a cold chewing ring. But some rough biscuits designed specifically to facilitate the gingival massage of your little one. But there are also specific ointments based on natural essences, such as thyme, calendula, mallow and chamomile, which, spread every three to four hours, have analgesic and soothing properties.

Once the first milk tooth has appeared, it should be washed with water and gauze twice a day. When you start to put on more teeth, you can use a brush with a small head and soft bristles. The movement must be rotary and only use water. Only after 18 months you can use a very small amount of toothpaste on the bristles (a special toothpaste for babies).

The legend of the milk teeth

5-6 months: lower central incisors

7-8 months: upper central incisors

7-8 months: upper central incisors

12-18 months: lateral incisors (first the lower and then the upper ones) and the first molars

18-24 months: lower and upper canines

24-30 months: second molars

Lucia Franco

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