Difficult Teeth Cutting.
TEETH CUTTING generally begins between the ages of five and seven months. It is indicated by redness, heat, and tenderness of the gums, an increase of saliva, and, occasionally, redness of the cheeks, watering of the eyes, thirst and fever, with fretfulness, disturbed sleep, and more frequent motions of the bowels, a little more fluid than usual, and sometimes of a greenish hue. As the tooth comes near the surface, the child holds its fingers in its mouth and presses the gums harder upon the nipple when nursing. Beside these milder symptoms, there are sometimes ulceration of the mouth, gangrene, extensive and long continued diseases of the bowels, and even &orders of the brain, convulsions, and palsy.
Treatment. Watch the gums, and the moment they are swollen by the teeth pushing them up, lance them at the elevated points, cut,. ting entirely down to the advancing teeth, so that no tough membrane shall cause pain by impeding their growth. These incisions often prevent fatal disease of the brain, and sometimes almost instantly relieve the most threatening symptoms. Before the teeth axe far enough. advanced for lancing, some soothing wash may be applied to the gums, as tincture of myrrh or paregoric. For obstinate diarrhea, with watery stools and griping, use prescription (157). If the child is drowsy and starts from sleep, and has heat and redness, with enlargement of the blood vessels about the head, put ice bags behind the ears, and make cold applications to the head. At the same time, open the bowels with castor oil (lT). When there is difficulty of passing the water, give flax seed tea; and if the pain is considerable, a sedative (351); one half teaspoonful in as much water, every hour till quiet.
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