Breastfeeding mothers know that once their baby starts growing teeth that breastfeeding will become more painful as their child would tend to bite. However, teething only becomes a concern four to six month down the line, not on the first day.
But that’s exactly what happened for one Indian mother named Nikita Sharma. When baby Prayan Sharma was born, he was immediately sent to an intensive care unit in Ahmedabad, in western India, because of an infection.
He was in the ICU for 10 days before he was reunited with his parents. Everything was fine until Nikita tried to breastfeed him. That’s when she discovered that her baby had seven full-grown teeth located in his lower jaw!
Husband Harish recalled, “When he was eventually reunited with my wife and she tried to breastfeed him, she noticed something in his mouth.”
Harish, who is an employee at a local software company, added, “We were completely surprised. We never knew a baby could be born with one tooth never mind seven teeth.”
Prayan’s parents decided to take him to a pediatric dentist, Dr. Meet Ramatri, who was equally shocked at what he saw.
“This is a first of its kind. The teeth had to be removed to avoid any risk to the baby swallowing or choking on them.” Dr. Ramatri said.
Since Prayan was too young to be subjected to general anesthesia, they had to use a local anesthetic instead. Two operations were conducted over the course of three days.
Four teeth were removed in the first operation while the remaining teeth were extracted in the second. Now, Nikita can finally breastfeed Prayan without any worries.
Baby Prayan had what is called natal teeth and Prayan’s condition isn’t exactly the “first of its kind.” That record actually goes to a Brit named Sean Keaney who was born with 12 teeth in 1990. Keaney’s spot in the Guinness world record stills stands until today.
Still, natal teeth are quite rare and it’s understandable why Dr. Ramatri may not have encountered it before. According to the National Institute of Health, natal teeth only occur in one out of every 3,000 births. Like in Prayan’s case, these teeth need to be removed in order to prevent choking and other health hazards.
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