Teething is a natural occurrence that happens when the primary teeth begin to grow into your child’s mouth. Generally, the bottom teeth will grow in first and the upper teeth grow in about 1-2 months later. The teeth will erupt through the gums, which will cause extreme pain and discomfort. This is completely normal. So, to help your child get through this stage in the best possible way, we suggest doing the following things:
• Rub your child’s gums with your clean finger. Gently massage the gums and let your child chew as you rub. This will loosen the tension and will give your child the relief they need.
• Put a small spoon in the fridge or freezer to chill it. Then, give it to your child to suck on. This cold spoon will act as an icing agent for your child’s gums, just like an ice pack chills and relieves sore and tender muscles.
• Have your child chew on a clean teething ring. This will help strengthen the gums and will also help the teeth grow in. It will also help your child become familiar with chewing.
It’s normal for children to begin teething around 4-7 months of age. However, we have also seen babies begin growing into their smile around 3-12 months of age. No matter when they will start teething, your baby should have an entire set of teeth by the time they are 3 years old.
When they are teething, please keep an eye out for diarrhea, rashes, and fevers. If your child suffers with any of these three things, it’s best to take them to the doctor’s office as soon as possible.
To learn more about the teething process, call our office today and talk to a member of our team!