Did you know that as babies are teething, they go through five distinct stages?
Learning what to expect can help you get through this fussy time in a child's life.
Stage 1: 0 to 6 months
According to the experts at Colgate, babies typically begin teething around their fourth month. However, every baby is a little different. Be on the lookout for signs like rubbing their gums, decreased appetite, or drooling.
Stage 2: 6 to 10 months
At this short stage, teeth typically begin to push through the gums. According to many pediatric dentists, the upper and lower front teeth are usually the first to come in.
Stage 3: 10 to 14 months
Next, your child's primary molars will start to grow. You may notice increased fussiness, your child chewing on objects, and drooling. Some kids may have trouble sleeping at night.
Stage 4: 16 to 22 months
Stage 3 symptoms will continue here. Your child's remaining molars and canine teeth will grow in at around this age. You may want to ask your dentist for tips to keep your child comfortable.
Stage 5: 25 to 33 months
Your child's largest molars will grow in and you may notice an increase in fussiness. Older tricks to soothe them may wear a little thin, but fortunately, this is the last stage of teething.
Tips for Teething
- offer a chilled (not frozen) washcloth
- buy teething rings
- wipe away drool promptly
- rock or sing to your child
- offer hard vegetables (watch your child)
- avoid giving sweets
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