• A Parent’s Guide to Teething

    A Parent’s Guide to Teething

    Teething

    The teething period can be acutely uncomfortable and painful for baby, which makes it a hard time for parents, too. Although a lot about teething still remains a mystery, let’s run down what parents and pediatricians do know, and prepare a plan to ease the burden.

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    When It Begins

    Babies usually get their first teeth at around 6 months, but teething can start as early as 3 months or as late as 14 months. Typically it’s the lower front teeth that come in first, followed by the top front teeth. Teeth growth starts in the front and works its way back.

    Babies can have many different reactions to the onset of teething. They may suddenly become averse to solid food because the pressure it puts on their gums causes pain. Conversely, the pressure of chewing can sometimes relieve baby’s gum pain, so you may find they suddenly want more solid food. Confusing, we know. The best course of action is to pay close attention at mealtime. Once you notice a change in baby’s oral habits, look in their mouth to see if their gums appear red, tender, and swollen. Those are sure signs baby is about to sprout their first tooth!

    Easing the Pain

    Teething will be painful for baby, especially at first. Pediatricians aren’t exactly sure why, but the first few teeth tend to cause a lot more pain and discomfort than the ones that follow. A teether can help alleviate that pain. Freezable teethers are a smart choice because the cool sensation helps relieve the inflammation in the gums that’s at the root of teething pain. If the teether doesn’t seem to be helping, baby-specific NSAIDs like Tylenol or Advil probably will. Just make sure to consult with your pediatrician and never exceed the maximum daily dose.

    The minute your baby sprouts their first tooth is the minute you need to start practicing proper dental hygiene. Brush their teeth twice daily with a child safe toothbrush, especially between feeding and bedtime.

    Good luck to you and baby with the teething process – we hope our tips and teethers help!

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