Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Teething Babies

Babies have lots of "phases" in there lives. One of them is teething. Teething is when a baby is beginning to grow teeth. This starts at around six months of age but can be different for every baby. Babies gums become very sore and irritated and makes them very fussy. There are multiple ways you can help your baby find relief from this. There are things you can buy and things you can use that are at home. Some things can become frozen and others have medicine. There are lots of signs that will warn you that your baby is teething. Some have teething symptoms, such as excessive drooling and crankiness weeks before a tooth actually emerges, while others show no signs at all.

Some things you can buy are toys with water in them that can be frozen. The baby can chew on these and the cold helps numb their gums and lessen the pain. These toys are sold at almost any store. Some of them are soft and "gummy" feeling and others are more hard. It is nice to make these toys cold, but not too cold because it is bad for the babies teeth to be exposed to extreme cold. You could also use a frozen carrot or banana. Cheese is also a good item to give your baby while teething. Brushing your baby's teeth can be painful while teething so cheese can save you a little of that trouble. Cheese will help clean the baby's teeth while soothing the pain. This saves money from buying a toy.

There are some medicines you could buy for your baby. You rub this medicine ( http://www.vitacost.com/Pureline-Oralcare-Gumeze-Baby-Teething-Gel ) on their gums and it helps numb the pain. You can buy this medicine at almost any store. This is not the only brand of this medicine and this method can be dangerous to the baby because this medicine can be washed away with saliva from the baby. (The baby will be drooling more than usual during this teething period.) This is dangerous because the baby can swallow too much of the medicine and the throat can become numb and interfere with the gag reflex.

There are other things that you can do but you should not give him/her any painkillers containing aspirin until he/she is over 16 years of age because of a rare but potentially fatal illness called Reye's syndrome ( http://www.reyessyndrome.org/what.html ) which can occur in children given aspirin. Even baby asprin is bad. Just because it is called "Baby Asprin" doesnt mean it is for babies. ( http://benfuturepharmd.blogspot.com/2009/01/is-baby-aspirin-safe-for-babies.html ). If your baby is especially cranky, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) may help. You could also give your baby Hylands Teething Tablets ( http://hylands.com/products/teething.php ). 

The first teeth to appear at around six months of age are usually the two lower central incisors - or ‘cutting teeth’. These are followed by the two upper central incisors. Once the teeth start to come through, they appear at the rate of around one a month. So by his/her first birthday, your baby may have six teeth.( http://www.babyworld.co.uk/information/baby/teeth/order_appearance_teeth.asp ) Teeth break through one at a time over a period of months, and often, but not always, in this order: First the bottom two middle teeth, then the top two middle ones, then the ones along the sides and back. They may not all come in straight, but don't worry, they usually straighten out over time.

If you are dealing with this and it is your first child, don't worry. If you see anything that you think is unusual take your baby to his/her dentist. All babies are different and some grow and mature faster than others. Every baby is special and every baby is unique. Teething is a very positive and memorable experience that you can capture and remember for ever.


  1. Choice of Topic: I like this topic because knew that babies teethed but I never knew why or when they do it.

    Well-Written (Original) Essay: Very well written and organized.

    Appropriate / Relevant Pictures: Yes. I liked the picture showing the age that babies get their teeth.

    Formatting (Text & Pictures): Very good. Nice amount of pictures relating to the topic.

    Working Links: They all worked and were a good source of information.

    Visually Appealing: Yes.

    Good Labels (i.e. “baby, babies, SIDS, causes, facts, medical”): Yes.

    Recommendations for making the essay better (spelling, grammar, pictures, facts, etc.): I did not find any errors and you had good pictures.

    How did the essay change your views about the topic? I learned a lot about why babies teeth and the age that they do it. I also learned how they deal with teething.

    Overall Grade (A-F): A

  2. Choice of Topic: The topic was very interesting. I would have never thought of this topic.

    Well-Written (Original) Essay: Essay was very well written. good five paragraphs.

    Appropriate / Relevant Pictures: The pictures were very well organized in the essay. I liked how it showed what teeth came in first.

    Formatting (Text & Pictures): Formatting was very good. I once again liked how the pictures were including in the essay and fit each paragraph.

    Working Links: All the links worked properly.

    Visually Appealing: Essay was really well organized and appealing.

    Good Labels (i.e. “baby, babies, SIDS, causes, facts, medical”): The labels were relevant, maybe a little more.

    Recommendations for making the essay better (spelling, grammar, pictures, facts, etc.):
    I really have no recommendations, because the essay was really well written and informing.

    How did the essay change your views about the topic? I really never thought about baby teething. When I think of teething, I think of puppies. I really never thought of baby teething. But it was really informing. Now I know.

    Overall Grade (A-F): A

  3. # Choice of Topic: Something that all babies go through.

    # Well-Written (Original) Essay: I have never read another essay like it so it was original.

    # Appropriate / Relevant Pictures: The pictures showed things about teething that maybe people didn't know.

    # Formatting (Text & Pictures): The pictures and text related to each other perfectly and the pictures were put in good places.

    # Working Links: The links worked well on informing me more about teething.

    # Visually Appealing: It was appealing and easy to read.

    # Good Labels (i.e. “baby, babies, SIDS, causes, facts, medical”): The labels were good and related to the topic.

    # Recommendations for making the essay better (spelling, grammar, pictures, facts, etc.): I couldn't find any grammar errors and the essay was written very well.

    # How did the essay change your views about the topic?: It didn't really change my views about the topic because I already new a lot about it since I have two little sisters.

    # Overall Grade (A-F):A

  4. Choice of topic: It was very interesting.

    Well-written essay: It had the five paragraghs.

    Appropriate/Relevant Pictures: Well shown pictures of the teeth.

    Format: The pictures went with each paragraph.

    Links: They do work.

    Visually appealing: It was good.

    Good labels: Yes

    Recommendations for making the essay better: None. It was very organized.

    How did the essay change your views about the topic?: I learned more about teething than I knew before.

    Overall Grade (A-F): A