teething is an eruption of the primary or milk teeth usually begins in the 5th or 6th months of a child’s life. The first appearance of normal teeth is eagerly awaited by the parents. In most cases eruption of teeth causes no distress to the child or parents but sometimes the process causes local irritation which
is usually minor but which may be severe enough to interfere with the child’s sleep.
The primary teeth or milk teeth usually come out without difficulty, “Teething” problems are commonly associated with the eruption of the relatively large last teeth i. e molars of the child’s teeth.
The signs of teething may be manifested locally and or systematically to include:
- Loss of appetite.
- increased salivation and drooping .
- Reduced appetite . Increase thirst .
- Parches of erythema on the cheeks and lips .
- Increased body temperature .
- General irritability .
- Redness or swelling of the gum Over the erupting tooth.
TREATMENT OF TEETHING
1. Teething toys :
toys can do more harm than good.
2. Teething Foods:
3. Topical medicaments:
medicaments helps to control infection at the site of tooth eruption and provide rapid but short-lived pain relief.
4. Use of drugs:
Two main types of drugs for teething in babies.
a. Analgesics :
B. Hypnotic and sedatives :
Regular visit to the dental clinic :
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