When Do Babies Start Teething?
Your Ultimate Guide To The Teething Process
Teething can be a long, difficult process. What can you expect, and when do children usually begin teething? Find out by reading this article from the office of Ramon Bana, DDS!
The Stages Of Teething
Teething has a number of distinct stages, characterized by which teeth are emerging from the gumline. Here’s a breakdown of the different teething stages.
- Stage 1– 6-8 months – This is when the first teeth can emerge. For some children, this may happen as early as 4 months, and some may take up to a year. Typically, the upper and lower front teeth (incisors) erupt during this time.
- Stage 2 – 10-14 months – The primary molars typically begin to erupt around this time, in the back of the mouth. Babies may begin to drool more, and become cranky and irritable. They may also begin to chew on solid objects. This is often when the most pain and discomfort occurs among infants, which can affect the sleep of parents.
- Stage 3 – 16-22 months – During this stage, the canine teeth, located between the incisors and molars, erupt.
- Stage 4 – 25-33 months – This is when the largest molars emerge, so this is sometimes the most uncomfortable stage in teething for many children and toddlers.
After about 36 months (3 years), all of your child’s 20 primary teeth will have erupted.
Common Symptoms Of Teething
Teething can be quite painful and uncomfortable for children. Itchiness and discomfort are very common. Here are a few of the symptoms of teething that you should be on the lookout for.
- Increased drooling
- Swollen gums
- Irritability and trouble sleeping
- Children trying to bite, chew, and suck on just about everything
- Rejecting food
- Rubbing the face and area around the mouth
- Rash around the face (often caused by excessive drool)
In general, none of these symptoms are a cause for concern.
However, if your child begins to suffer from symptoms like diarrhea, a fever, or a runny nose, you may want to see a doctor. They may have contracted an illness, which is especially common if they are putting unclean foreign objects into their mouths during teething.
Care And Home Remedies For Teething
How can you soothe the teeth and gums of your child while they teethe? Here are a few of the most popular home remedies.
- Cold spoon or washcloth – You can refrigerate a spoon or other object, and apply it to the gums to help your child get relief from itchiness and discomfort. A cold washcloth can also be used. The baby can suck and chew on the washcloth without any risk of choking.
- Cold, soft foods – Applesauce and other similar cold, soft foods can help your child get relief from the symptoms of teething.
- Teething toys – Applying pressure to the teeth and gums can help relieve discomfort. Silicone teething toys and jewelry are safe for kids to bite, and allow them to relieve their symptoms.
Visit Dr. Ramon Bana As Soon As Your Child Starts Teething!
You should see a pediatric dentist for your child’s first dentist appointment as soon as their first teeth come in! You’ll be able to get professional care, and Dr. Ramon Bana can help you understand every step of the teething process.
So don’t wait. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Ramon Bana now, and give your child the care that they need during teething.