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Teething Tips!

Apr 17, 2018

For some little ones, teething can undoubtedly be an uncomfortable stage! If you find your little one in this scenario, check out the tips below on how to best relieve teething pain.

The timeline:

  • 6 to 12 months: this is typically when your baby’s first teeth will start to erupt! The process usually starts with the lower middle front teeth, followed by the upper middle front teeth.
  • 9 to 12 months: the lateral incisors, usually the lower ones, pop up.
  • 13 to 19 months: the front smile starts to come together in this time frame! Get ready for your baby to say “cheese”! In most children, the 1st baby molars have erupted.
  • 17-23 months: the canines are starting to show; this is also the time when your infant starts to move faster! If your child has a significant bump that affects the teeth, call your pediatric dentist!
  • 23-33 months: the 2nd baby molars are erupting, rounding out the set of baby teeth to 20.

How to ease teething pain:

  • Give your kiddo a firm rubber teething ring to chew on, but avoid liquid filled rings that could break! For some children, the pressure alone is helpful.
  • Rub the gums with a cool wet cloth.
  • Do not use topical medications or ointments – they wash out quickly and are not recommended by the FDA (see previous posts Here, Here, and Here).
  • If needed, use over-the-counter infant Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
  • Just remember – teething is a phase! And it too shall pass. Visit your pediatric dentist if you and your little one are really struggling on finding relief!

(Condensed from PopSugar)

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