Teething

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The process of teething typically begins around six months of age, but teeth can make their appearance anytime between three and 12 months. Teeth often come in pairs, but it isn’t uncommon for babies to get one tooth or even four teeth at the same time.

Incisors typically come in first, followed by molars, canines and then the second set of molars. The entire process can last from one to two years, depending on the child. Usually the last set of molars comes in around 24 months of age.

Signs and symptoms of teething:

  • Increased drooling
  • Chewing/gnawing/biting/sucking on everything
  • Increased fussiness, especially at night
  • Ear pulling
  • Change in eating habits (less solids and more milk)
  • Puffy gums

Other, less common symptoms can occur. These might include low-grade fever, diarrhea, runny nose and/or redness of the cheeks. However, as these symptoms are not proven to be definitely associated with teething, it’s important to have your child seen by a doctor if these symptoms last longer than a day.

Treatment Options:

Dr. Kiera Smialek is well-versed in using safe, effective, natural treatments for teething. Options may include:

  • Botanical medicines
  • Recommendations on teethers and teething remedies for at-home care
 
 
 
 

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