Teething is one of the most common milestones during a baby’s first year. It can be a difficult process for both baby and parents, but with this guide you’ll know exactly what to expect. In this blog, we will discuss how long teething lasts, the symptoms of teething, and how to make the process easier for everyone involved. We’ll also provide some helpful tips and advice from other parents who have been through it!
How long does teething last?
The teething process can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. It usually begins around six months of age, when the first tooth starts to come in. However, some babies may start teething earlier or later than others. The process typically lasts until all 20 baby teeth have come in, which usually happens by around three years of age.
What’s the order that baby teeth appear in?
The order in which baby teeth appear is:
- Central incisors (top and bottom middle teeth)
- Lateral incisors (teeth next to the central incisors)
- Cuspids or canines (sharp teeth next to the lateral incisors)
- First molars (back teeth on either side of the mouth)
- Second molars (teeth behind the first molars)
What are the symptoms of teething?
The most common symptoms of teething are drooling, fussiness, and chewing on things. Some babies may also experience a low-grade fever, diarrhea, or irritability. If your baby is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s likely that they are teething.
How can I make the process easier for my baby?
There are a few things you can do to help your baby through the teething process.
- Try offering them something cold to chew on , like a teething ring or a cold washcloth.
- You can also rub their gums with your finger to help relieve some of the discomfort.
- If your baby is older, you can give them Tylenol or Motrin to help with the pain.
- Lastly, try to be patient and understanding- it’s a tough process for everyone involved!
Here are some questions that parents often have regarding their teething babies.
Is it okay to breastfeed my child?
Yes! In fact, breastfeeding can actually help to soothe your baby’s gums and provide them with some relief.
Do teething babies eat less?
Yes, it is not uncommon for teething babies to eat less than usual. This is because they may be in pain and/or not feel well.
Do teething babies happen to have an upset stomach?
Yes, some babies may have an upset stomach or diarrhea due to teething. However, if your baby has a fever or is vomiting, this could be a sign of something else and you should call your pediatrician.
When should I start to brush my child’s teeth?
You can start to brush your child’s teeth as soon as they come in. However, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and water. You can start using toothpaste once they are able to spit it out on their own. Until then, just use water.
We hope this guide was helpful in understanding the teething process! If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to us or your pediatric dentist. Teething can be tough, but you’ve got this!