When Do Children’s Teeth Come In?
According to the American Dental Association, most babies start to develop their first teeth between the ages of four and seven months. The entire set of baby teeth usually comes through by the time the child reaches three years. The exact ages at which teeth erupt vary widely between individual children - as does the amount of discomfort that the child feels. Babies who experience discomfort due to teething often let parents know about it by crying, fussing or refusing food.
What Can I Do About Teething?
One way to offer relief to your baby is to rub their gums with a damp cloth. According to the ADA, the pressure may help to relieve the soreness of your baby's gums. Using cold water to dampen the cloth can be beneficial, as the cold helps to soothe irritated gums. Some soft teethers
have an interior pouch where you can put ice cubes. Babies can chew on these products to give them relief. Just be sure the teether is not too cold before giving it to your baby because contact with extreme cold can be harmful.
How Do Teethers Work?
Babies can often manage their own teething discomfort if they are given something to chew on. A firm rubber teething ring can put pressure on the baby's gums to help the teeth erupt with the minimum amount of irritation. Never allow a baby to chew on objects that are not designed for this purpose, as they can easily choke on small parts or injure themselves on sharp corners.
Teething Medicines for Babies
Teething medications can help to soothe teething infants by relieving pain and reducing gum irritation. You can buy teething relief products in the form of both gels and dissolvable tablets. Some teething medications should be avoided because of the risk of serious side effects. Be sure to always check with your doctor or dentist that a teething product is suitable for your child before you use it.
There are also many alternative remedies, including homeopathic teething remedies, available that may help children feel more comfortable. These products use natural ingredients to provide gentle relief for teething babies. More research is needed to confirm that these products are effective for alleviating teething-related discomfort. If you are considering using a homeopathic remedy or other natural product to help with teething pain, talk with your child’s doctor.
When to See a Dentist or Doctor
If rubbing your baby’s gums or using teething toys does not help to relieve your baby's discomfort, then you might want to contact your doctor or dentist for advice. Many people believe that teething causes fever and diarrhea, but the ADA advises that these symptoms are more likely to be signs of other illnesses, and advises contacting a doctor if they are present. The American Dental Association recommends that all children see a dentist for a check-up between the time when their first tooth appears and their first birthday. back to top »