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Teething Tips for Toddlers

May 27, 2022 11:20 pm

A baby’s first tooth usually arrives around 6 months old, and the rest of their 20 baby teeth continue to erupt until age 3. By 13 months, your toddler could start getting their first molars. The arrival of these larger, double-edged teeth can be quite painful for your child.

Be patient and gentle with your child. They will need help easing their discomfort and regulating their big emotions! Your toddler may exhibit crankiness, ear pulling or rubbing, drooling, chewing on objects, sleep disruptions, and not wanting to eat.

Follow these tips to help your toddler through the teething process:

  1. Cool Foods
  2. Try offering your toddler a chilled snack to relieve pain from swollen gums. Yogurt, applesauce, and smoothies are some tasty and nutritious options.

  3. Teething Rings
  4. A teething ring, baby toothbrush, or chilled washcloth can also help your child feel more comfortable. Chewing on safe objects can help ease gum soreness. Regularly inspect any toys for breaks or potential choking hazards. Be mindful that if safe teething objects are not readily accessible or desirable, your toddler may resort to chewing on other things, such as their books, your furniture, or you!

  5. Gum Massage
  6. Sometimes a gum massage can help ease discomfort. Dip your clean fingers in cold water, then gently massage your child’s gums. Brushing your child’s teeth and gums with a baby toothbrush can also provide relief, while reducing their risk of dental disease.

  7. Safe Medication
  8. If your toddler is having a lot of teething trouble that is disrupting their sleep and nutrition, medication like children’s acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help. Note that ibuprofen must be taken with food or drink to avoid stomach upset. Please consult with us or your child’s pediatrician about the proper dosage for your child.

To ask our team any questions about your toddler’s oral healthcare or to schedule their next appointment at Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, please contact us today!

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