When a baby's teeth is trying to erupt at round 6 months of age, that period becomes a trying time for most mum's. Teething is normally associated with gum and jaw discomfort as the baby's tooth prepares to break through the gum surface. As the tooth moves beneath the surface of the gum tissue, the area may appear slightly red or swollen. You also find that some teeth become more sensitive than others when they erupt such as the larger molars which cause more discomfort due to their larger surface area making it harder to "slice" through the gum tissue as an erupting incisor is capable of doing.
Onset of teething symptoms always precedes the eruption of a tooth by several days. While a baby's first tooth can appear between 4 and 10 months of age, the first tooth usually breaks through later at approximately 6 months as mentioned earlier.
In very rare cases, some babies may even be born with a tooth already visible. Usually, this surprising malformed tooth is a unique appearance in an otherwise normal child. If this possibility exists, consultation with a paediatrician can be helpful.
Teething Signs and Symptoms:
Common signs and symptoms of a teething baby include; -
If your baby has diarrhea, a fever, prolonged fussiness, rashes on the body or a runny nose, don't dismiss it as a sign of teething, especially if the symptoms last longer than 24 hours.
Remedies for teething
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Colic is the period of significant distress in a healthy well-fed child signified by episodes of crying more than three hours a day for more than three days a week. Symptoms of colic usually start from when the baby is around six weeks of age in most babies and reduce significantly when they are about three to four months.