The teething of the baby is a crucial circumstance in its development and also for our role as father or mother. As those most responsible for our children, we must give them the necessary care at this stage of their life so that they can enjoy normal and healthy development.
Doctors Dina DiMaggio and Julie Cernigliaro, in an article by the American Academy of Pediatrics share 7 useful tips that we can apply to the appearance of the baby’s first tooth to make it an experience as bearable as possible for us and our child.
1. Don’t despair over your child’s teething
The appearance of the first tooth varies greatly depending on the baby. Some of them may have no teeth when they reach the first year of life, while teething could begin in six months for others.
The lower front teeth (lower central incisors) are almost always the first to emerge.
2. Add fluoride to your child’s diet at 6 months of age
Fluorine is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel. A positive aspect is that this mineral is often abundant in tap water, so giving water to the baby as soon as the first tooth appears is widely recommended.
If your tap water does not have fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about adding fluoride supplements to the diet of the baby.
3. Massage swollen gums from teething
Teething does not usually cause much discomfort in the baby, but some of them may show signs of discomfort such as inflammation in the gums around the tooth that appears, excessive drooling.
It is recommended for these cases I massage the gums, having ensured that the fingers are clean.
4. Don’t use teething tablets
Teething tablets have warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that many of them contain the belladonna, a poisonous plant. The use of benzocaine gels is also not recommended.
5. Brush your child’s teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
As soon as your baby develops teeth, and to strengthen his tooth enamel, you must brush it twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. It is recommended to reserve the last brushing after the last food or drink of the day.
6. Continuous consultation with the pediatrician
The pediatric check your child’s teeth and gums at every visit to make sure they’re okay. The doctor will also explain how to keep them healthy, so it is essential to attend a consultation.
7. Schedule the first dental appointment when the first tooth appears
Try to schedule your baby’s first dental appointment as soon as he develops his first tooth, so that receive instructions from the dentist on the care you should maintain to promote the development of your child’s teeth
All these recommendations are intended to facilitate your approach at this important time in your baby’s growth so that you do not encounter major complications later in life, which will benefit both you and your offspring.
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