My Baby – Week 24

The big development this week is teeth! Can you believe it? If you haven’t seen them already, they should start peeking their way through your infant’s little gums soon enough. During the teething phase, it helps to know what to expect and what you can do to make the process a little less painful for both you and your child.

Usually, the first teeth to appear are the central incisors, or the two front teeth on the bottom. A month or two later, the central and lateral incisors – or the four, front, top teeth – show up.

Some sure signs of teething are drooling and lots of chewing (like on their favorite stuffed toy). For some lucky parents, teething is a painless process for their infant, others experience only short periods of irritability. Other infants however, can have a harder time with teething, and may be cranky for weeks and have disrupted sleep and eating patterns. Though your baby’s temperature may be a little elevated during teething, they shouldn’t experience a high fever. If your baby seems unusually uncomfortable, or does develop a high fever or other issues, don’t hesitate to contact your pediatrician or health care provider with questions.

When your child is teething you should…

Be sure to wipe that pesky drool off his face. Drool can cause painful rashes, and simply keeping his face dry can help prevent that! You might find that a small bib helps keep things drier.

Give your baby something to chew on. Rubber teething rings are especially designed to help ease the pain of teething. If you would like to give your child something cold to help ease the pain, something as simple as a wet washcloth placed in the freezer for 30 minutes should do the trick! Just be sure whatever you give him isn’t too large to be lodged in his throat, and has no small pieces that are in danger of coming loose.

Keeping Baby Teeth Clean

Even though her first set of teeth will eventually fall out, it is important to take care of your baby’s “baby” teeth. Tooth decay and cavities in baby teeth cannot only be painful for your child, but it can also cause those teeth to fall out ahead of schedule. When this happens, your child’s remaining teeth shift position, trying to fill the empty spaces, which will then cause permanent teeth to come in crooked.

In terms of your infant’s dental hygiene, daily dental care should actually begin before your baby’s first tooth emerges (if you haven’t started yet, don’t worry). You should begin by wiping your baby’s gums daily with a clean, damp cloth, or even brush them gently with an infant toothbrush (no toothpaste). When the first little tooth appears, brush it gently with water only. Toothpaste will be okay to use when your child is old enough to spit it out, because ingesting large amounts of fluoride is harmful for children.

Also be sure that your infant isn’t going to bed with bottles full of milk or juice. This will only lead to tooth decay.



What do you think?

My Baby – Week 24

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  1. Profile photo of Jocelyn Jocelyn says:

    I’m a dental hygienist and there is a lot I agree with in this article, but it is ok to give your child training toothpaste (fluoride free) until they start learning to split.

  2. Profile photo of stacey stacey says:

    My baby d.j,is teething and his favorite thing is chewing on his cover, clothes anything of that nature

  3. Profile photo of Aeo Aeo says:

    My daughter has 4 teeth already and is working on more. Her first two showed up around 4 months, she’s been teething since 2 and a half months. She’s 5 months now. I feel bad for her, so many teeth so young! These informationals seem to be way behind on everything though!

  4. Profile photo of Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Didnt think of a wet cold rag, good advice! We have been using a dollar store rattle. It has a rubber side he likes to chew on. Also on ebay you can order soft rattles from Japan for less than a dollar with free shipping. Got phoenix a tigger that he has drooled out already. Haha!

  5. Profile photo of tiffany tiffany says:

    My daughter doesn’t have any teeth yet but her face thing to chew on his her toes

  6. Profile photo of tiffany tiffany says:

    My daughter doesn’t have any teeth yet but her face thing to chew on his her toes

  7. Profile photo of Leighann Leighann says:

    How old are your kids getting teeth my son is almost 6 months and still nothing but I’m not rushing teething

  8. My son has his two bottom teeth already. We bought him many teething toys. We think that his top teeth are coming out soon.

    • Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

      trust me sweetheart it will happen just because you don’t see them yet you can start having tastes pop out everywhere within the next couple of months I have 7 kids and I have experience different arrays of teething. some are slower than others but when I start coming in so I can just start popping them one at a time quickly

  9. Profile photo of LaQuanda LaQuanda says:

    my baby has 2 teeth coming in. she mostly like the cold wet rag only thing that keeps her calm

  10. Profile photo of EbyMom EbyMom says:

    My baby is chewing on everything she lays hands and also drools.good info but she is not cranky.thnk God for that.jus waitin for the teeth to bump out

  11. Profile photo of Tasha Tasha says:

    Good information. I think we will have teeth soon, I can see them & the last couple days he’s been irritable.

  12. Profile photo of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    Im positive her teeth are coming soon!

  13. Profile photo of Vilma Vilma says:

    Very Good information

  14. Profile photo of VegA VegA says:

    We have 2 tooth!

  15. Profile photo of Angela Angela says:

    My little one’s bottom tooth is almost here.

  16. Profile photo of ChangedMomma ChangedMomma says:

    Hylands, Hylands, Hylands. teething tablets and gel! I love them so much!! I don’t use oragel because they say it can harden them gums, making teething harder, and more painful

  17. bella got teeth about a month ago, but yes the biting is no fun! especially while breastfeeding.. ouch

  18. Profile photo of tiffy tiffy says:

    teeth means biting lol

  19. Profile photo of Jamie Jamie says:

    lol this is the exact week my baby has his 1st tooth appearing!

  20. Profile photo of Mi Mi says:

    helps a lot……

    • Profile photo of Cassie Cassie says:

      My daughter has two teeth coming in at the bottom, let me tell you shes not a happy camper unless she is chewing on something the teethers have beena saving grace also they came out with the mesh type item on what looks like a binky handle that you can place frozen fruit in and she loves that


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