Toddler Teething

Toddler teething is an issue most parents will face. Children often start the toddler years with only 6-8 teeth out of the 20 baby teeth (or temporary teeth, milk teeth, deciduous teeth) that will grow in. Of the average 12-14 baby teeth that come in during the toddler years, 8 of them are molars. These teeth may cause the most discomfort during the teething process. Learn more about teething symptoms, easing your toddlers pain, and when teething should end for your little one.

Toddler Teething Symptoms:

These symptoms may be signs that your toddler is teething:

  • Extra drool, or a little rash on the chin from the drool
  • Swelling of the gums
  • Crankiness and fussing
  • Eating less than normal
  • Drinking less than normal
  • Chewing on hands or toys
  • Unusual waking at night

Teething symptoms may start 3-5 days before the tooth is visible and last until the tooth emerges through the gums.

Relieving Teething Discomfort

There are several things you can do for your toddler to ease the pain of teething:

  • Gently wipe away any drool on your child’s face. This will help prevent a rash
  • Offer your toddler a teething toy to chew on. The kinds that can be refrigerated work well, and so do the vibrating teething toys. If you don’t have a teething toy, you can give your little one a damp washcloth.
  • Offer soft, cold foods like yogurt, applesauce, a chilled banana, etc.
  • Give your toddler a weight-appropriate dose of infant acetaminaphen or ibuprofen if nothing else seems to help. Talk to your doctor about dosing amounts.

At What Age Should My Toddler Be Done with Teething?

Toddlers will usually get their first set of molars in between 13-19 months old. Next come the canine teeth (those pointy side teeth) between 16-23 months old. Finally, the last set of molars grow in between 23-33 months old. As you can see, there is a wide range of normal when it comes to teething. One child may be completely done before turning 2, while another child may be nearly 3 before having all 20 baby teeth.

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