Teething generally starts around 6 months and can cause sleepless nights for parents emerging from the sleep deprived nights of the newborn stage. Most children go through the teething process with no difficulty however, some children experience gum tenderness, excessive salivation, and irritability. Fever and diarrhea are not normal symptoms of teething. The 2 bottom front teeth (lower incisors) are usually the first to come in followed by the upper incisors. The molars and the canines come in later and are usually done by age 2.
3 tips to reduce your baby’s discomfort:
At our pediatric dental office in Havertown, we discourage the use of topical anesthetics and over-the-counter teething gels. These formulations tend to wash away quickly and secondly, they may have potential safety issues.
Most importantly, take your baby to a kids’ dentist by age one. This is an opportunity to discuss early oral care as well as ways to reduce your baby’s discomfort during teething.