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Can a baby teeth at 6 weeks old: Symptoms, Signs, Fever & Remedies

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One joy of parenthood is watching your little one reach milestones. It’s common to celebrate a baby crawling or walking for the first time. But these aren’t the only milestones to look forward to. You might even celebrate your baby’s first tooth.

Here’s what you need to know about teething, as well as what you can do to make the experience more comfortable for your baby.

Baby teeth erupt, or come in, gradually at different times. Typically, you can expect your baby to have all 20 of their primary teeth by the age of 3. Keep in mind, though, the timing that teeth appear can vary from child to child.

Here’s a general guideline when you can expect each tooth to erupt:

Lower teeth

  • central incisor: 6–10 months
  • lateral incisor: 10–16 months
  • canine (cuspid): 17–23 months
  • first molar: 14–18 months
  • second molar: 23–31 months

Upper teeth

  • central incisor: 8–12 months
  • lateral incisor: 9–13 months
  • canine (cuspid): 16–22 months
  • first molar: 13–19 months
  • second molar: 25–33 months

Eventually, 32 permanent teeth will replace your child’s 20 primary teeth.

The time frame for children losing their primary teeth also varies from child to child. In most cases, this takes place over a course of about 6 years.

Children initially shed or lose their central incisor teeth around 6 or 7 years old. The last teeth to fall out are the canines and molars. Most children lose these teeth by age 12.

While some babies get their first tooth around 6 months old, teething can start a little earlier or a little later. Some babies have their first tooth erupt as early as 3 months old, but other babies don’t get their first tooth until 12 months old or older.

As you see the first signs of a tooth, your baby may seem to experience discomfort and pain. This might make sleep and eating difficult for a short time, and your baby might cry more often.

Common symptoms of a teething baby include:

  • increased drooling
  • possible reduced appetite for solids
  • irritability
  • biting and chewing
  • gum rubbing

If your baby is between 3 and 12 months old and develops these symptoms, they may be cutting a tooth and there’s likely no cause for alarm.

But it’s important to note that some symptoms are not associated with teething. These symptoms include:

  • fever
  • facial rash
  • cough and congestion
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • reduced appetite for liquid foods

If your baby develops any of these signs and symptoms, don’t assume it’s from teething, and contact your pediatrician if symptoms persist or your baby seems sick.

Teething pain can make your little one miserable and irritable. Soreness and pain can occur for some babies as the tooth erupts through their little gums. Other babies may not display any signs or symptoms related to teething.

You might see some crankiness and a lot of tears — but you can make this transition easier for your baby. The trick is making their gums as comfortable as possible.

Massage baby’s gums

If it seems to comfort them, gently massage your baby’s gums with a clean finger. Be gentle, but apply firm pressure. This increases blood flow to your baby’s gum tissue which may reduce inflammation and pain.

Use a cool compress

Applying coolness to your baby’s gums can also reduce discomfort. Some parents will chill a teething ring in the refrigerator (not freezer!), and then give it to their baby to chew on.

You can also apply a cold spoon to your baby’s sore gums. As a precaution, only use a cold spoon if your baby doesn’t have teeth yet. Chewing on a metal spoon could accidentally chip their delicate teeth.

Consider pain medication

Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can also reduce pain. When used correctly, pain relievers are safe to give to babies. These medications can reduce pain associated with teething, but should only be used occasionally.

Be sure to consult your doctor before giving medication to children under 2 years old, or if you’re feeling like you need to give pain relievers for more than a day or two.

Do not use topical gels

There are topical numbing gels containing benzocaine or lidocaine to help relieve teething pain on the market.

But these numbing treatments can be harmful to babies and shouldn’t be used, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This group also notes that over-the-counter topical gels (even non-numbing ones) aren’t helpful, since all the drool washes them away anyway.

The Food and Drug Administration also issued a public warning about the use of benzocaine oral gels. These gels can cause a condition called methemoglobinemia, which can be particularly dangerous to children younger than 24 months old.

This condition can reduce the oxygen in the body. Signs and symptoms include shortness of breath, confusion, headaches, and a rapid heartbeat.

Your baby cutting their first tooth is an exciting milestone — but may also be a painful one. Your little one doesn’t have to suffer, though. Between a gentle massage, a cool compress, and safe pain medication, you can help your baby get through teething with minimal discomfort.

Is Your Baby Teething Early? Here Are 4 Common Parent Worries

While most infants get their first teeth between 4 and 6 months old, it’s still perfectly normal for teeth to erupt sooner. In fact, although rare, babies can actually be born with teeth! 

It’s not unusual for teething symptoms to begin at 3 months old. And when it starts, you’ll likely observe the same side effects: excessive drooling, chewing or gnawing on fists or toys, crankiness and lack of sleep (as if that’s not already an issue!). You might even see a little tooth bud weeks or even months before anything erupts. But, what if teeth actually come in at this age? 

“If an infant is getting teeth at three months, it is likely due to heredity and what the child may be doing with the mouth,” says Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP. For example, “if the child is doing a lot of biting and chewing on fingers and toys, teeth may emerge early,” she adds. 

Parents and caregivers dealing with their baby’s new pearly whites often have questions about how that cute new grin can affect things like breastfeeding or starting solid foods. Here are a few answers to ease your concerns: 

1. Is my baby in pain? What can I do to help? 

How your little one deals with teething really depends on them. According to Danelle Fisher, MD, “[Teething] can take weeks to months and can cause some babies a great deal of pain where others take it in stride.” Topical anesthetics are tempting to caregivers who want to help ease the baby’s discomfort, but Dr. Fisher and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warn this isn’t a good idea. 

“Parents should avoid any product such as gel with the ingredient bupivacaine or lidocaine in it, as these can be dangerous for children less than one year of age, causing a blood disorder,” says Dr. Fisher. “[Your] baby can use a teething ring with liquid or gel inside that has been refrigerated (the freezer is too cold). Also, some natural remedies or homeopathic remedies can help.” 

Nevertheless, consult your pediatrician if these remedies don’t seem to do the trick. 

2. How will teething affect my breastfeeding? 

Some mums’ first inkling that their baby is teething comes with a firm and unexpected clamp down on their breast. Whether it happens when he’s teething at 3 months or later down the road, it will happen eventually. Congrats, you’re officially a teething toy! 

A rude awakening, for sure, but your natural reaction is actually the best solution for your little chomper: Take him off the breast with a firm, “Ouch!” or, as Dr. Fisher suggests, “No bite!” before letting him resume feeding. It may happen several times, even before his teeth fully emerge, but it will work. Be sure to use the same words and tone each time so he knows you’re serious. If you continue to experience breastfeeding problems you believe are connected to teething, Bahr suggests seeing a lactation consultant. 

If you were planning to breastfeed only until your baby’s teeth erupt, however, speak to your pediatrician about how to wean successfully and what type of formula is best for him. 

3. Does early teething mean early solids? 

Although there’s some conflicting research of late, the AAP still suggests starting your baby on solids at no younger than 6 months old. Those early teeth do cause her to chew more, but her little belly isn’t quite ready for solid food. Provide lots of safe toys to nibble on and keep an eye out for signs she’s ready for solids. 

4. Will early teething affect mouth development? 

Bahr says, “Parents should take the child to a pediatric dentist to evaluate the health and development of early emerging teeth.” She cautions that some activities and issues can affect development, too. “Excessive pacifier use and thumb-sucking [that goes beyond 10 months] can inhibit the developmental mouthing and teething process.”  

A special note for parents and caregivers who bottle-feed or use pacifiers: While your baby is teething, keep an eye out for nipple wear. Babies often gnaw on the nipples of their bottle/pacifier, and the tip can become separated and pose a choking hazard. If there is any noticeable wear on either, replace it right away. If you have a childminder, make sure they do the same.  

Margie Mars is the mother of eight and Grandma of three. She writes for several top parenting sites and specialises in Attachment Parenting and Autism.   
* This article is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be providing medical advice and is not a substitute for such advice. The reader should always consult a health care provider concerning any medical condition or treatment plan. Neither Care.com nor the author assumes any responsibility or liability with respect to use of any information contained herein. 

Important to know!

Factors affecting the development of a child’s teeth:

The dental health of an unborn child directly depends on the level of health of a pregnant woman. In order for the baby to have strong and healthy teeth, the mother must eat right, monitor her health and eliminate all foci of chronic infection in the body in time. During pregnancy, a woman needs to include foods rich in protein and calcium in her diet: fish, meat, dairy products (milk, kefir, cottage cheese), as well as fruits and vegetables. The obstetrician-gynecologist, together with the therapist, prescribes endogenous drugs (vitamins and minerals), these appointments should be carried out.

Peculiarities of the intrauterine period of development of the dentoalveolar system:

  • 4-5 weeks – the jaw bones of the fetus and soft tissues of the face are being formed. The impact of aggressive factors leads to the formation of crevices.
  • 6-7 weeks – laying of the rudiments of temporary teeth. Teeth may not be laid or supernumerary teeth are laid.
  • 17-18 weeks – laying of the rudiments of permanent teeth. Adentia (missing tooth) or supernumerary teeth may develop.
  • 20-week – mineralization of the primordia of the milk incisors. Enamel may be poorly mineralized and future teeth may be susceptible to caries and non-carious lesions such as fluorosis and enamel hypoplasia.
  • 28th week – the rudiments of milk canines and molars begin to mineralize. There is an active mineralization of the fetal skeleton.
  • 32-34 weeks – mineralization of permanent first molars, i. e. sixes.
  • 38th week – beginning of mineralization of the first permanent incisors.

Specialists working with pregnant women at the dental clinic “Alena” will be able to advise in detail and prevent dental anomalies of the unborn baby.

In children whose mothers endure gestosis in the 1st and 2nd half of pregnancy, a high prevalence of caries is observed. Therefore, with severe toxicosis, you should contact a gynecologist and a nutritionist to adjust the diet. The formation of the dento-jaw system of the unborn child is also influenced by occupational hazards, mother’s stress, alcohol, drugs, smoking. Try to take care of yourself, spend more time outdoors. After the birth of a child, severe diseases of the newborn and earlier artificial feeding can also contribute to the disruption of the process of mineralization of milk teeth and the formation of the rudiments of permanent ones.

Helpful Hint

  • Brush your teeth after every meal. Rinsing with a special agent or paste is allowed;
  • Buy high fluoride toothpaste;
  • Wash your toothbrush thoroughly after each use. Specialists of the dental department during pregnancy recommend changing toothbrushes as often as possible;
  • Use special dental floss floss;
  • When contacting a dentist for pregnant women, the doctor will definitely advise – the expectant mother must definitely consume foods rich in calcium: milk, cottage cheese, cheese, kefir;
  • When you see a dentist, be sure to tell the doctor what your due date is.

Today it is no secret to anyone that dentistry during pregnancy is possible. The only thing is that all significant procedures should be postponed until the second semester, when the emotional and physical state of the expectant mother is stable. Specialists of the Alena clinic with high professionalism will do everything possible to make the smile of the unborn baby healthy.

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The formation of many important systems of the child’s body occurs when the expectant mother is unaware of pregnancy. Unfavorable factors of this period can have a negative impact on the development of the baby’s organs and tissues, including teeth. Therefore, it is worthwhile to engage in the prevention of dental diseases in a child long before his birth, when a woman is just planning a pregnancy.

What can cause a violation of intrauterine development of the dentition of the fetus? Is it possible to prevent these pathologies and how to do it? About this and much more in our article.

The first two months of pregnancy are the most critical in terms of the possibility of developing anomalies of the facial skeleton, jaws and teeth in the fetus. The rudiments of milk teeth are formed already at 6-7 weeks of pregnancy, and in the period from 17 to 25 weeks, the rudiments of permanent incisors, canines and first molars are laid. After the laying of the teeth, the process of mineralization begins, which continues after the birth of the baby.

Based on these data, we can conclude that the health of a child’s teeth depends on how well the pregnancy of the expectant mother proceeds.

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The following factors can adversely affect the condition of future teeth:

– toxicosis in the first trimester of pregnancy,

– infectious diseases of the pregnant woman (in particular, SARS, rubella, toxoplasmosis),

– diseases of the endocrine system (for example, diabetes mellitus, chronic nephropathy),

– diseases of the cardiovascular and hematopoietic systems (heart defects, anemia),

– taking certain medications in the first trimester of pregnancy,

– bad habits of the expectant mother (smoking, drinking alcohol, drugs),

– occupational hazards,

– lack of vitamins and microelements in the diet of a pregnant woman.

What problems can these factors cause?

First of all, to enamel hypoplasia – a malformation of the hard tissues of the teeth that occurs even before their eruption. This is due to a violation of the mineralization of hard tissues of the teeth during the period of intrauterine development of the fetus. Sometimes there is an extreme form of hypoplasia, when the enamel is completely absent (aplasia).

What are these conditions fraught with? Against the background of enamel hypoplasia, caries intensively affects the child’s teeth after eruption, and can affect several surfaces of the teeth at the same time. Children with enamel hypoplasia need regular follow-up with a dentist from an early age in order to carry out regular preventive measures.

If during pregnancy the expectant mother took antibiotics of the tetracycline series, this threatens to develop a specific malformation of the enamel – “tetracycline teeth”. This disease is manifested by teething, painted partially or completely in yellow, orange or brown. Intrauterine staining of teeth can also be due to the Rh conflict between the pregnant woman and the fetus.

Hereditary factors, bad habits of a woman during pregnancy can lead to partial or complete adentia (absence of a certain group or all teeth) due to the death of tooth germs.

During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes hormonal changes. For the bearing of the fetus, all the reserves of useful vitamins and trace elements are used. As a result, there is a weakening of the immunity of the pregnant woman, there is a deficiency of calcium, fluorine, magnesium, and the mineral metabolism in the body is disturbed. Of course, this can also negatively affect the development of the fetus, so it is important that the expectant mother has a balanced diet and regularly consumes the necessary vitamin complexes on the recommendation of a gynecologist from the antenatal clinic.

Maintaining your own dental health is another factor that will allow a pregnant woman to keep her baby’s teeth. Ideally, to carry out sanitation of the oral cavity even during the planning of pregnancy. During gestation, you should carefully observe oral hygiene, visit the dentist for preventive examinations, as well as at the first signs of damage to the teeth and gums. The doctor will assess the condition of the oral cavity and carry out those procedures that are compatible with pregnancy. Procedures such as planned removal of wisdom teeth, implantation, complex orthopedic treatment are best postponed until the birth of a child or until the end of breastfeeding. This is due to the fact that after such procedures, the use of antibiotics may be required, and they are contraindicated for pregnant and lactating mothers.

Do not forget that a mother’s health is the key to a healthy, beautiful smile for her unborn child.

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