APPERANCE OF MILK-TEETH.
The first set of teeth, or milk-teeth as they are called, are twenty i
n number; they usually appear in pairs, and those of the lower jaw gen
erally precede the corresponding ones of the upper. The first of the m
ilk-teeth is generally cut about the sixth or seventh month, and the l
ast of the set at various periods from the twentieth to the thirtieth
months. Thus the whole period occupied by the first dentition may be e
stimated at from a year and a half to two years. The process varies, h
owever, in different individuals, both as to its whole duration, and a
s to the periods and order in which the teeth make their appearance. I
t is unnecessary, however, to add more upon this point.
Their developement is a natural process. It is too frequently, however
, rendered a painful and difficult one, by errors in the management of
the regimen and health of the infant, previously to the coming of the
teeth, and during the process itself.
Thus, chiefly in consequence of injudicious management, it is made the
most critical period of childhood. Not that I believe the extent of mor
tality fairly traceable to it, is by any means so great as has been sta
ted; for it is rated as high as one sixth of all the children who under
go it. Still, no one doubts that first dentition is frequently a period
of great danger to the infant. It therefore becomes a very important q
uestion to an anxious and affectionate mother, how the dangers and diff
iculties of teething can in any degree be diminished, or, if possible,
altogether prevented. A few hints upon this subject, then, may be usefu
l. I shall consider, first, the management of the infant, when teething
is accomplished without difficulty; and, secondly, the management of t
he infant when it is attended with difficulty.
Management of the infant when teething is without difficulty. -----------------
In the child of a healthy constitution, which has been properly, that