Teething for babies aged 4-7 months

During this period, babies begin to grow teeth. First, the two front teeth begin to erupt (maybe the upper teeth or the lower teeth), then the other two front teeth erupt, followed by the molars and then the canines.

The timing and pattern of teething in babies varies from person to person. If your child's teeth come in after this stage, or out of sequence, don't worry. The timing of your child's teeth may be genetically determined, and a late tooth eruption doesn't mean there's something wrong with his development.

Teething may cause babies to drool excessively and like to chew hard objects. It may also be accompanied by mild irritability, crying and low-grade fever (rectal temperature not higher than 38.3°C). Often, the gums around the new tooth become swollen and tender, and you can try gently rubbing or massaging his gums with your fingers to relieve his pain. Teething gums (that babies chew on when they are teething) can be a big help, but you must make sure they are made of strong rubber. (Teething gels that have been frozen can become very hard and may cause damage.) Never use teething gel to numb your baby's gums. In rare cases, the gel can be harmful to the baby's blood cells, making it impossible to carry. Oxygen molecules, teething tablets can also be harmful, and in some cases, they contain toxins. Amber teething necklaces cannot relieve the pain of teething at all, and have also caused accidents in which babies have their airways blocked and strangled, resulting in suffocation. Remember, never hang anything around your child's neck. If your child seems to be in extreme pain and has a fever (temperature over 38.3°C) it may not be caused by teething, and you need to take him to the doctor.

A child should visit the dentist within 6 months of the first tooth appearing, but no later than when the child is 12 months old. A pediatric dentist is a dentist who specializes in seeing children, but you can also take your child to your family dentist for routine oral care.

Brushing your child's teeth at home is also very important. After you find that your child has teeth, you can brush his teeth with a soft baby toothbrush and a rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Do not let your child fall asleep while sucking the breast or bottle, whether taking a nap during the day or sleeping at night. This can effectively prevent milk from remaining on his teeth and causing dental caries.

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