Sunday, May 13, 2007

Cut! Cut!

My girl is cutting her first tooth soon!!! *dancing around* Earlier on, I noticed Aricia has been drooling a pool of saliva all the time. I kept cleaning it off for her and it didn't come into my mind that I should check her mouth. Then it crossed my mind 2 hours later (so stupid!), I did and oh boy! I was surprised to see a little of white protruding out from her bottom gums. I thought it looked longer than usual?? 2 growing at the same time? Perhaps I shouldn't feel the lest surprised, Athena once had 6 growing at the same time - and she was okay. No fever, just the frettiness. Wanted to snap my baby's gums but quite difficult, she cries everytime I try to open her mouth. Anyway, it should be slightly more prominent in the next few days so I shall try to take a photo of it then.

Teething Infants Teething can be an exciting time for parents. However, teething can be a very uncomfortable and painful time for a baby. The first teeth to appear are usually the bottom front teeth. As your baby begins to teeth, you may be able to feel a soft bump under their gum. Babies who are teething may show a drop in their appetite, pull on their ears, and they may become fussy. They may also drool excessively and bite down on anything they can get their little hands on. When does Teething Begin? Teething can begin as early as four months of age. Help with Teething? To help your baby with his or her discomfort, you can give them a teething ring. Many teething rings can be chilled in the refrigerator which can soothe the pain of cutting teeth. Allowing your baby to chew on something will help to break down the gum which will help the teeth to emerge. Many babies also like to chew on wet, chilled wash clothes, or have their gums rubbed with the pad of a finger. You can give your child a small dose of an infant’s pain reliever to help relieve discomfort. If your child seems to be very bothered by teething pain, you can apply a small amount of numbing medication to the inflamed gum area. However, be cautious. Too much of this topical treatment can numb a baby’s entire mouth and produce swallowing problems. Caring for your Baby's Gums It is important that you keep your baby’s gums clean and healthy. You should clean your child’s gums with a warm cloth-- even before a tooth appears. This should be done after feedings and at bedtime. Once your baby has their first tooth, you should brush it with a small, soft toothbrush when you are cleaning their gums. It is important to understand that the health of baby teeth (or primary teeth) is just as important to maintain as permanent teeth. Baby teeth help to make way for permanent teeth, and they also help muscles and the jawbone to develop properly. Keep in mind that teething never causes illness. If your baby has a rash, fever, or other symptoms of illness, you should take them to the pediatrician. Speaking of which explains the rash she has on her back, thought it was hot weather. Shall monitor her.

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