Our Ridgefield kids’ dentist, Dr. Joe Lubisich, understands that teething can be a confusing subject for many parents. Babies develop teeth at different rates, in different places, and it can even be difficult determining whether teething is actually the cause for a child’s discomfort.
Most babies will start to develop their first set of teeth between the ages of 6 months to 1 year. However, it’s also perfectly normal for a baby not to develop any teeth at all until between 12 to 14 months. So how’s a parent to know whether a change in their child’s behavior is the result of teething or some other unrelated condition? Once a child starts to teeth, how long will it last and what can parents do to help make their child more comfortable during the process? Here are a few tips from our Ridgefield kids’ dentist parents can use to get a better handle on teething.
How to Tell if a Baby is Teething?
Babies who begin teething may start to become fussier, while also exhibiting some telltale signs. A baby may develop swollen or red gums, and a bubble-like blister may even appear over where a new tooth will shortly emerge. It’s also common for babies to start refusing to eat, put their hands into their mouths, have trouble sleeping, and drool excessively. Babies who drool too much may also develop a rash on their faces.
A common misconception insists that diarrhea, runny nose, and fever are also symptoms that can accompany teething. However, pediatricians say that these types of symptoms are more likely caused by an illness or virus rather than the teething process. Parents should always take the precaution of contacting their pediatrician whenever symptoms begin to manifest to ensure development is continuing as normal.
How Long Will Teething Last?
For most kids, the worst teething symptoms occur between two to three days before a tooth finally emerges from the gums. Once a tooth finally pokes through any discomfort a child feels will lessen considerably. Parents should keep in mind the process will start and stop with the development of each individual tooth. This means that the teething process as a whole will continue until all of child’s teeth have developed.
Do Teeth Develop in a Certain Order?
The order a baby’s teeth develop varies depending on the individual child. In many instances, the pattern most parents note is a baby’s front teeth usually come in first, starting at the bottom then the top. However, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. If your baby’s teeth form in a different order, that’s okay. What’s important is that they develop normally and on time. For most babies, their front teeth, top and bottom, will have fully developed between the age of six to 12 months, but even that’s a very general range.
How Many Teeth Should My Child Have by 18 Months?
Most kids will have developed both their lateral and central incisors by 16 to 18 months, as well as their first molars. Many kids will also have developed their canines by this time as well. However, a child’s second molars don’t typically develop until between 22 to 24 months, and may cause more discomfort than when smaller teeth first emerged.
When Should I Call a Doctor?
If a child develops a fever over 101, a rash that covers the entire body, or has another symptom that’s a cause for concern, you should call a doctor right away. Don’t assume that these types of symptoms are just a normal part of the teething process.
If you have any questions about teeth, how your child’s oral health is developing, or what you can do to make teething more comfortable for your child, make sure to ask Ridgefield kids’ dentist, Dr. Joe Lubisich, during your next appointment.