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Teething is a normal part of your baby’s dental development. That doesn’t make it less stressful, though, for you or your baby.
This natural process occurs as your child’s primary teeth sequentially erupt through the gums over a period of two or three years. The first are usually the two lower front teeth followed by the two upper front ones, beginning (give or take a couple of months) between six and nine months. By the age of three, most children have all twenty of their primary teeth.
The disruption to the gum tissues can cause a number of unpleasant side effects including gum swelling, facial rash, drooling, disrupted sleep patterns and decreased appetite. As a result a child can become irritable, bite and gnaw to relieve gum discomfort or rub their ears. Every child’s experience is different as well as their degree of pain and discomfort.
As a tooth is about to erupt, you may notice symptoms increasing a few days before and after. The symptoms will then subside until the next tooth begins to erupt. In a way, teething is much like a storm—you mostly have to ride it out. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t lessen your child’s discomfort during the teething episode.
For one thing, cold, soft items like teething rings, pacifiers or even a clean, wet washcloth your child can gnaw on will help relieve gum pressure. Chilling the item can have a pain-numbing effect—but avoid freezing temperatures, which can burn the tissues. You can also massage the gums with a clean finger to relieve pain. But don’t rub alcohol on their gums and only use numbing agents (like Benzocaine) for children older than two, and only with the advice and supervision of your healthcare provider. The use of acetaminophen or ibuprofen might also be used under the advice of your doctor.
If you notice your child has diarrhea, extensive rashes or fever, contact your physician immediately—these aren’t normal teething symptoms and may indicate something more serious. And be sure to consult with us if you have any other questions or concerns.
Teething can be a difficult time for your baby and family. But with these tips and a little “TLC” you can keep their discomfort to a minimum.
If you would like more information on caring for your baby’s developing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teething Troubles: How to Help Your Baby be Comfortable.”
Common Signs & Symptoms of Teething
The timing your baby will begin to teeth varies quite widely. Typically, babies will start getting their first teeth around six months old, but this can range from 4-12 months. The first teeth to erupt are the lower incisors (2 lower front teeth) followed by the upper incisors (2 top front teeth.) The first sign that your baby has begun teething is crankiness or irritability. Because it can be sore or itchy when teeth erupt through the gums, this is how your baby may show it. Also, your baby might put objects in their mouth to chew. Drooling is another sign of teething. Sometimes, teething may be associated with a low-grade fever.
Tips To Help With Teething
Use a teething ring – A teething ring is an object, often made out of rubber or a similar material, meant for your baby to hold and bite to help soothe their gums. Make sure you buy a teething ring that is labelled as such and from a reputable brand. Do not make your own or give your baby small items to put in their mouth.
Rub your baby’s gums – Use a finger or a damp cloth to rub or press over the sore spots. This can help alleviate and distract from the discomfort in their gums.
Use cooled objects to soothe sore gums - Reducing the temperature of the gums will reduce the sensation in them, much like icing a rash reducing itching. Use a cold cloth or a teething ring from the fridge to help soothe your baby’s gums.
Over the counter remedies – Depending on the intensity of the teething, it may be beneficial to use over the counter remedies such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Always follow the dosage label.
Once the first tooth is through the gums, it is now time to make sure to keep it clean, as more teeth will follow. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-fluoridated toothpaste to brush twice a day lightly. You can switch over to a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste around three years old. All primary teeth will be erupted by 25 to 33 months old.
If your baby is teething and you have any questions about it, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Your sweet, happy baby has suddenly become a gnawing, drooling bundle of irritation. Don't worry, though, no one has switched babies on you. Your child is teething.
For most children, their first teeth begin breaking through the gums around six to nine months. Usually by age three all twenty primary (“baby”) teeth have erupted. While the duration and intensity of teething differs among children, there are some common symptoms to expect.
Top of the list, of course, is irritability from pain, discomfort and disrupted sleep. You'll also notice increased gnawing, ear rubbing, decreased appetite, gum swelling or facial rash brought on by increased saliva (drooling). Teething symptoms seem to increase about four days before a tooth begins to break through the gums and taper off about three days after.
You may occasionally see bluish swellings along the gums known as eruption cysts. These typically aren't cause for concern: Â the cyst usually “pops” and disappears as the tooth breaks through it. On the other hand, diarrhea, body rashes or fever are causes for concern — if these occur you should call us or your pediatrician for an examination.
While teething must run its course, there are some things you can do to minimize your child's discomfort:
Provide them a clean, soft teething ring or pacifier to gnaw or chew — a wet washcloth (or a cold treat for older children) may also work. Chill it first to provide a pain-reducing effect, but don't freeze it — that could burn the gums.
Use a clean finger to massage swollen gums — gently rubbing the gums helps counteract the pressure caused by an erupting tooth.
Alleviate persistent pain with medication — With your doctor's recommendation, you can give them a child's dosage of acetaminophen or ibuprofen (not aspirin), to take the edge off teething pain.
There are also things you should not do, like applying rubbing alcohol to the gums or using products with Benzocaine®, a numbing agent, with children younger than two years of age. Be sure you consult us or a physician before administering any drugs.
While it isn't pleasant at the time, teething is part of your child's dental development. With your help, you can ease their discomfort for the relatively short time it lasts.
If you would like more information on relieving discomfort during teething, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teething Troubles.”