An Unfortunate Experience
Teething is one of the most uncomfortable experiences that a baby has to face. They will often exhibit some pretty severe symptoms and their sleeping patterns will be totally messed up. There are a few times that teething hits hard. Although all babies are different, they will teeth typically around four months, one year and two years old. The teeth have a certain pattern that they typically come in. However, just like everything else with parenting, every kid is different. So just because that’s the way it is for one child’s doesn’t mean it will be the same story for your child.
There are many different symptoms that could be interpreted by teething. One of these is fussiness. If your baby is being fussier than normal then it could possibly be teeth. However, most parents know that a fussy baby doesn’t mean a teething baby. So look for these other symptoms, including chewing on hands, drooling and inflammation of the gums. If your baby seems to be teething at 4 months, you could look in their mouth and see if there is any inflammation where the tooth is coming through. You may just see a tooth as well. Teething babies may also grind their teeth or have a fever. The fever is just caused by extra stress on the body from the process of the teeth pushing through the gums. These symptoms are not limited though. One obvious symptom of teething is a sleep regression. Around four months babies typically go through a cognitive growth spurt that causes a sleep regression. Along with that, this sleep regression can be caused by teething at 4 months. The pressure and pain of teething doesn’t help a baby relax to sleep. Every baby exhibits teething differently.
Arrangement of Teeth
When teething is happening, there is typically an order in which the teeth come in. Usually the front teeth start, then the canines, then work backwards ending with the molars around two years old. The molars seem to be the most painful and the take the longest to come through. However the teeth that come in the front around four months old are a close second in pain. They are absolutely needed though for baby to start real food around six months old. Every 4 month old teething is different. Some children get their teeth in different orders. Or they may get all of the top or all of the bottom teeth in different orders. So just because it isn’t the ‘right’ tooth to be coming through, it is completely safe. Some kids get all of their teeth including the molars before they are even a year old
How to Help
Parents who are looking for ways to help their teething baby should start with their pediatrician. At a regular checkup it is important to bring it up with your doctor. They can help give you tips on how to deal with it. And they also may want to offer you fluoride for their teeth. This can help war against plaque and tooth break down. Baby teeth are super sensitive but they are very important for the development of healthy adult teeth. For a baby struggling with pain, try a washcloth that has been dipped in water and frozen. The coldness feels good on their gums. Along with that, there are tons of commercial products on the market to help with teething from rings to tablets. For children suffering with a fever try using a little Tylenol. In extreme situations and on especially bad teething days Tylenol can help take the edge off and provide baby and mom with some more sleep.
Sum it All Up
At the end of the day, every teething 4-month-old is different but teething is uncomfortable no matter the child. They will often exhibit symptoms. However, there are some children that you may not even know are teething! However, there are a few things that parents can do to help their child be more comfortable while teething. And when in doubt, always ask your pediatrician for advice. Once the teeth are in it is always a good idea to brush babies teeth to ensure they stay clean and healthy.