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Baby Teething Period

There are a wide variation between the times when children begin to develop their first set of teeth (also known as ‘milk’ teeth). Whilst some children may have them developed after a year, others will be born with some fully developed milk teeth. In most cases however, it is common for children to have developed their first set of teeth by around two and a half years of age. After the milk teeth are fully developed, you should notice the first signs of their next set of teeth developing at about six years of age.

The period when babies develop their first set of teeth is known as ‘teething’ and is associated with a range of problems. Studies into teething have found that the eruption of the babies’ first set of teeth often corresponds to a rise in body temperature. You will notice the signs when your child starts teething as, in many babies; this is accompanied by a range of symptoms such as drooling, dribbling, irritability and extended periods of crying. A lot of parents also attribute a number of other problems like runny noses, rashes and bouts of bad temper to teething however it is important to note teething shouldn’t make your baby ill, so if you are concerned make sure to visit your doctor.

If you are looking for help to soothe your teething baby, then there are a range of products on the market designed for just that purpose. For instance, teething rings, which are soft rings designed for your baby to chew on, have been a popular treatment for teething for many parents. There are also natural alternatives to teething rings such as the crusts of bread or thin slices of carrots. There are a number of soothing gels and ointments which you can apply to your baby’s gums to help ease them through teething. The dribbling and excess saliva associated with teething can often cause dry, cracked lips and similar problems. As such, many parents use petroleum jelly or something similar to keep their baby’s lips moisturized. If you are concerned that your child has developed a fever, then visit your doctor, they will be able to recommend a range of medications which can help alleviate such symptoms.

Signs of teething :

The symptoms of teething vary from child to child, but common signs include:

  • Increased fussiness, night-time crying and overly clingy behavior.
  • Excessive dribbling.
  • Irritated skin around the chin and mouth due to excessive dribble.
  • Pink or red cheeks.
  • Swollen, red, inflamed gums.
  • Chewing and sucking on fingers and toys.
  • Increased demand in breast or bottle-feeding.
  • Poor appetite.
  • Change in sleep patterns, sleeplessness.
  • Rejection of breast or bottle feed (because suckling hurts gums.)

Baby Teething Foods

• Starchy foods including bread, pasta, rice, cereal and potato – these provide a good source of energy.

• Lean red meat – this provides the best source of iron.

Calcium rich foods like cheese and yoghurt – these are important for healthy bones and teeth. Babies this age should have at least 600ml (20fl oz) fortified infant milk a day however a portion of the milk intake can come from dairy products like yoghurt or dishes like cauliflower cheese or rice pudding.

• Eggs, cooked until the white and yolk are solid – these are a good source of protein.

• Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables – these provide important vitamins and minerals and make great baby teething foods

• Oily fish like salmon, tuna and sardines are important for brain and visual development.

Try these recipes for your child,

Red lentil and coconut soup

Serves 4 adults
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Lunch, Soup
Misc Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 2 red onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 green chilli (finely chopped)
  • 200g Red lentils (washed)
  • 2 clove garlic (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander
  • 1 tablespoon paprika powder
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 900ml water or vegetable stock
  • 3-4 spring onions (finely chopped)
  • salt and black pepper (to taste)

Note

www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Boil the lentils in water or vegetable stock for 20 - 25 minutes, till it becomes soft. During this boiling cover the container by the lid or you can try pressure cooker, boil it for 15 minutes to cook the lentils.
Step 2
Heat the oil in a large pan and add the red onions, chilli, garlic, cook for 5 - 6 minutes, do not browned it.
Step 3
Now add cooked lentil with stock, add coconut milk, salt, black pepper, spring onions cook it for 5 to10 minutes, till the mixture boils well. Add coriander and serve hot with bread or chapatis.
This soup is very healthy, specially those for sick person.
Step 4
Per serving, 263kcal / 1109kJ.

Brushing Baby’s Teeth

Good dental care for babies should start from birth, when you can gently clean your baby’s mouth using a soft, damp washcloth or a piece of damp gauze to remove any milk residue from his gums. Cleaning his mouth at this early stage will help him get accustomed to the whole procedure… meaning that he may not object too much when you introduce a toothbrush later on! In this article you will find all the information about good dental care.

Once your baby’s first teeth begin to appear, then you should begin cleaning them very carefully, at least twice a day. The naturally occurring bacteria in your baby’s mouth change sugars from his food (including natural sugars) into acid. The enamel of your baby’s teeth may then be attacked by this acid. It is as important to care for your baby’s first teeth as it is to care for his permanent teeth when he’s older. Yes – his baby teeth will fall out, but in the meantime they serve some important functions…

  1. Baby teeth are responsible for “reserving” spaces for the permanent teeth to grow into. When baby teeth are lost, it can cause the permanent teeth to shift – and this can cause orthodontic problems as your child grows.
  2. Your baby needs his milk teeth in order to learn to speak correctly and clearly.
  3. Your baby’s milk teeth are necessary for biting and chewing.
  4. If your child loses too many baby teeth, it can affect his confidence once he reaches per-school. Sadly, children can be very unkind when it comes to pointing out differences in others.

Choosing a toothbrush

As soon as baby’s first tooth erupts, it’s time to buy a good toothbrush. The best type to use at first is a long handled brush with a small head. This design makes it easy to reach all areas of your baby’s mouth.

Your baby’s toothbrush should have rounded, soft filaments. You should replace it every 10-12 weeks, or sooner if the filaments become splayed.

Another option is to use a specially designed infant toothbrush that fits over your finger. Some babies seem to prefer this type… but beware! If your baby is a biter, a toothbrush of this type offers your vulnerable finger very little protection!

As your baby grows and wants to hold the brush himself, then it’s a good idea to buy him one with a chunky handle. This will be easier for him to hold – but, of course, you will still need to wait when he or she becomes 7 years old.

Toothpaste and fluoride

It isn’t absolutely essential to use toothpaste to clean your baby’s teeth – the brushing action itself is actually the most important part of keeping them clean. If you prefer to use toothpaste, then you should choose one that is designed specifically for infants, because they contain very little – if any – fluoride. In fact, the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines suggest that babies under the age of 2 receive NO fluoride at all.

Fluoride helps strengthen the enamel of teeth. However, too much of it can cause fluorosis, which is a condition where white spots can appear on the permanent teeth. If you use adult toothpaste to brush your baby’s teeth, which contains the amount of fluoride recommended for adults, you run the risk of him developing fluorosis. This is because babies tend to swallow rather a lot of toothpaste during brushing and are thereby swallowing excess fluoride. Here is the right amount of fluoride for all ages,

  • 2 to 6 years 500 t 1450ppm fluoride toothpaste twice a day, use pea sized paste.
  • 6 years and above 1450ppm toothpaste twice a day.

For more information about your child’s fluoride requirements, you should speak to your Dentist.

Tips for Brushing…

  • If your baby won’t open his mouth when it’s time to brush his teeth, and then try putting a brush in your mouth – babies love to mimic whatever Mum is doing!
  •  Sit your baby in the most comfortable position for both of you – try standing or sitting behind your baby as he looks up. This is an excellent position to adopt, because it makes it very easy to reach all parts of his mouth.
  •  Be gentle – it isn’t necessary to brush firmly at this stage and it may just put your baby off having his teeth brushed altogether!

How to keep your baby’s teeth healthy?

  •  Avoid giving more sugary juice to baby. Almost 90% of UK infants drink juice before they are one year of age. Yet whole fruit is far better for your baby and contains the dietary fiber that fruit juice lacks. giving more juice to baby is always the healthiest option when he needs extra fluids.
  • If you do choose to give fruit juice to your baby, then ensure he drinks it from a Sippy cup rather than a bottle. When a baby drinks juice from a bottle, it “pools” around his teeth, which is a common cause of tooth decay in young children.
  •  Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle of juice or with milk. The natural bacteria in your baby’s mouth can react with the lactose contained in milk to form acids that may attack the enamel of your baby’s teeth.
  • Don’t dip your baby’s dummy/pacifier into any sweet substance.
  • Don’t add sugar to your baby’s food. He isn’t born with a sweet tooth – a preference for sweet foods is something that he learns!
  •  Clean your baby’s teeth extra thoroughly at bedtime! His natural production of saliva decreases during the night, which means that its rinsing action is reduced. This causes harmful bacteria in the mouth to settle more easily on your baby’s teeth.
  • If you need to give your baby oral medication, you should do it before you brush his teeth, rather than afterwards. Most oral medications for infants contain sucrose (a type of sugar).
  • Tips for children who wear braces, brush thoroughly and use inter dental brushes. This will give healthy and clean teeth after removed braces. So always keep toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with them.

Making brushing fun:

Avoid tooth brushing tantrums.

Allow children to choose their own brush,
Ask the child to clean your teeth while you clean theirs!
Let children watch themselves in the mirror while brushing their teeth.

Healthy recipes for healthy teeth.

Cheesy leeks and potato

Serves 3 baby portions
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Allergy Milk
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Lunch, Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Formal Party
You could also use leeks and potatoes to make some soup for rest of the family.

Ingredients

  • 1 Small leek (washed and finely sliced)
  • 1 Medium potato (peeled and cut into small cubes)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cheese

Note

This recipe is from www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Put the leek, potato and bay leaf in a pan of water, bring to the boil and simmer until the potato is soft.
Step 2
Remove from the heat, drain the vegetables and allow them to cool.
Step 3
Remove the bay leaf and mash the vegetables together with the cheese.

Watermelon and feta salad

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Salad
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons Extra virgin oil
  • 75g Pine nuts
  • 225g feta cheese (cut into cubes)
  • 1-2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt
  • fresh black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (chopped)
  • 1/4 Medium watermelon (cut into cubes)

Note

Recipe brought You by www.thepostnatal.com

Directions

Step 1
Add extra virgin oil on the feta cheese cubes. Keep aside for some time.
Step 2
Just before serving, gently toss the watermelon and feta cubes together and sprinkle with the rest of the olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and black pepper.
Step 3
Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle parsley and eat Quickly!!!!
Step 4
Per serving 239 Kcal. Serves 4 people.