Experience of Mothers about their Infants’ Teething in Mosul City

Abstract

Aims: To evaluate mothers experience about their infants’ teething, which symptoms they have seenand attributed to teething and how they have acted to manage these symptoms. Material andMethods: In this study, A total of 200 mothers of children less than 18 months of age, who had at leastone tooth and who came to the primary health care centers for vaccination of their children were askedto participate in this study. The first part of the questionnaires was to clarify the eruption time of thefirst primary tooth and in the other part the mothers were also asked about the symptoms they attributedto teething and the methods they used to relief the symptoms. Results: The mean eruption time of thefirst tooth of the infants was 6.9 ± 2 months, with a range of 4 – 18 months. All of the mothers reportedthat their children had suffered from at least one of the symptoms that were mentioned in thequestionnaire. The prevalence of teething symptoms distributed according to the age groupsdemonstrated that fever, irritability, sleep disturbance and lose of appetite were significantly highest in(below 6) months age group, while diarrhea, dribbling, runny nose, vomiting, cough, diaper rash andsmelly urine were significantly highest in (6 – 12) months age group. Conclusion: It is commonlythought that teething in infants can cause a variety of signs and symptoms. In this study all the mothersbelieved that teething is associated with the appearance of symptoms, some of which are minor andrelated to discomfort, while others are physical illness

Keywords

Infants, teething