TeethingWhat are the symptoms and treatment options for teething?
Children's teeth begin forming early during the fetal stage and the mother's diet provides the essential nutrients for tooth development. Most children begin teething actions several months before the first tooth comes through the gums. The first tooth usually appears on the lower jaw and is one of the front teeth. Most babies will have their first tooth by the time they are 8 months old, but it is not uncommon for children to get their first tooth anywhere from 4-15 months. Usually, the two lower fron teeth are the first to come in. By the child's first birthday, they usually have six teeth and around age two, the child will have almost all of their baby teeth.
No doubt about it, teething is painful. Teething can cause your child to become irritable and fussy. Acetominophen may be used to releive some of the pain that is associated with teething. Teething gels and creams are available, but only provide temporary relief. You must be careful using these teething gels, because not only do they numb the gums, they numb the throat and cause a baby to choke. Some babies find relief from frozen or cold teething rings or toys, washcloths or even, pacifiers. Do not allow your child to teeth on a full bottle of milk. Major dental problems are caused by babies falling asleep with bottles of milk. There is no way of knowing how long teething will last. For some children, it is a long and painful affair. For others, teething seems to come and go with little or no interruptions.
There are many myths regarding teething. Teething does not usually cause a high fever. Throughout childhood, children are exposed to a variety of bacterial and viral infections. Some of these infections may occur simultaneously with teething. Your child may, however, experience a very low-grade fever with teething. If it persists for more than two to three days, call your child's doctor. Diarrhea is a questionable teething symptom. Some people believe that children suffer from loose bowel movements while they are teething. If your child has more than three loose bowel movements in a day, you should report them to her doctor.
Drooling is common in teething children. You might notice that your baby starts drooling around three months and for the next few months, the faucet is on! Teething does stimulate drooling and some babies experience it more than others. If your child drools alot, you might notice a dry skin rash or some type of chapping around your child's mouth and chin. You can prevent this by wiping the drool off of your child's face periodically throughout the day. If a patch of dry skin appears, keep it well lubricated with a mild skin cream.
In teething children, you might notice a little cough from the excess saliva that your child is producing. The cough is nothing to worry about, unless you notice other signs of an illness in your child. Sometimes your child may even continue to cough as an attention getter or because they have discovered a new sound.
A teething baby might bite occasionally. Because teething does hurt, it feels good when your baby bites down and applies pressure to her painful gums. She does not mean to hurt you. Teething babies bite down on anything they can get their mouths on. A teething baby may also seem uninterested in nursing or feeding. Your child may want the comfort, but once she begins to suck and the realizes it causes more pain, she will stop. You should continue to offer her the breast, bottle or baby food.
Because babies do not only teeth during the daytime, you might have some late nights and early mornings with your baby. Even babies that have begun sleeping through the night may wake up from the pain that teething causes. Instead of rushing to her side or feeding her, try to see if she can comfort herself back to sleep.
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640 days ago.
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944 days ago.
I know this page isn't active but I wanted to let everyone know that may see this that Hyland's Teething Tablets have been recalled. Belladonna is a known poison and they have found inconsistancies with the amounts that have been put into them. My doctors, pharmiscists, other moms and I have been saying for years to stay away from this product for this exact reason. I wouldn't give my child 'safe' doses of arsenic so why would I do the same with belladonna? Please look up the recall. They have a list of recalled bottles. In the meantime stop use of them! SarahJBub-1
1148 days ago.
Nate is now 7 & 1/2 months old - He has been a dream sleeper from 3months old and has always slept a good 12 hours. BUT now the last week he has been waking at 2am! We give him a nice warm bottle but it takes a good hour for us to get him to drift off back to sleep and then once he is back down he has a very restless sleep tossing and turning and sooking for the rest of the morning until 8am when he wakes for the day.
What is going on??? why is my baby waking now???
The only thing i can think of is teething??? His bottom teeth are just about to cut through, you can just see little white dots and his gums are very lumpy and hard where the teeth will be, and he is drooling like crazy. Could he be waking in the night because of the pain? It seems like he wakes up and for some reason he just cant put himself back to sleep, HELP has this happened to anyone else?
Feeling alittle lost.
1186 days ago.
I think my 4 month old might be teething.. but I see no sings of teeth coming in. He drools like crazy, coughs, grabs his ear or cheek once in a while and gaws on everything. Lately now he gets super distracted from nursing?Is that a sign? If i'm doing anything while nursing him he stops. He also lets out these screams like something is really hurting him. Is this teething? mariam2000
1187 days ago.
My little girl is 14 months and no teeth yet her father is freaking out at me like I can do something about it first time father can you tell^ Any advise on how to calm him lol! sionainne
1194 days ago.
mommaof2girls - I wouldn't worry at all. My daughter (now 14 months) got her first two teeth a week before her first birthday, although I've heard of children going much longer before getting them. I've read (and confirmed with her paed.) that this is a good sign and means that they're gums are very healthy and that they're teeth will come in strong and healthy as well. If you're really unsure, ask your doctor/her paediatrician. I wouldn't worry about this though... I don't know anyone that has no teeth as a result of them never coming through! mammaof2girls
1200 days ago.
my daughter is 7 month's and has not got a tooth yet..just wondering my oldest daughter had a tooth by the time she was four months so i was just wandring if that was normal?
1252 days ago.
gommmba, check the teeth!!!!
mine got two teeth by 3 months. They might just be moving and hurt! Started teething by two months and was everything you are saying yours is. She had 12 teeth by her first birthday and is getting a eye tooth today ....up all night.
Get teething tablets(all natural), frozen binkys, frozen bagels and everything ready (orgel, Tylenol(if you have too). Also if he is drooling get some gripe water because the drool could be bothering his stomach. We would mix the gripe water w/ a little water.
They do want to eat more when teething because it feels good to chew and they are loosing hydration when drooling. Give baby some water if he is drooling that much(I know what they say about water and being logical it makes no sense. everything needs water).
1284 days ago.
My 10yob got his first tooth just b4 his 1st bday and now they are perfect teeth. dont worry about it and count your blessings. Older children can tell you if they have a sore mouth. air*force*mommy
1294 days ago.
Goombagirl- I am almost positive this is just a growth spurt. My son is 11 weeks old an dwe went through the same thing about that time, and it was so exhausting and frustrating. I now know it was a groth spurt and wont last forever! :) GoombaGirl
1330 days ago.
Hi folks! I have a teething question..dunno if anyone would know (I'll ask a pediatrician once I get one set up..just left my midwife's care)
My son is 7 weeks old and his behaviour really changed this week. He's VERY fussy and has full on tantrums, he is wanting to eat much more frequently but only eats for a few moments before falling asleep (and he won't take more if i wake him up). If I put him to nap when he falls asleep he wakes up in 10-20minutes and is fussy again. He's drooling a LOT, and sucks on his hand or arm frequently, and sometimes seems to grab at his mouth/nose. He eats well first thing in the morning and is happy in the morning but he's more cranky then happy throughout the day. Im wondering, could he be teething already?? Or is it just the cranky-2-month phase.... growth spurt...? I dunno!! Heather12
1335 days ago.
My best friend has 7 month old baby. She says that he is getting a top tooth and that it began to bleed. not alot but enough that blood was on his bottom lip. She called me and I had never heard or had this happen before. I told her I would ask about it on this site. Has anyone had this happen before with your babies? rachyg
1363 days ago.
my baby is 10 and half months and still no teeth amiyahsmommy
1376 days ago.
my baby will be 9 months tmw and has NO teeth at all ulala86
1385 days ago.
Ladies....Iam worried. My sond two bottom teeth came out but the one on the right doesnt look normal. The whole tooth is out of the gums but it only looks half size of a regular tooth. Any suggestions? preggaliciouslydelicious
1393 days ago.
Hello all. Just wanted to dropa quick note about teething. My daughter started to get teeth at four months. They ( two teeth) popped out a few days after she turned 5 months. Humphrey's teething tablets work WONDERS!!! IMO better than Hylands. you may have to order them online, they dont sell them around here so i had to get my mother to pick some up in Texas during her visit. Cold fruit also works verrrrrrrry well. You can also freeze a washcloth soaked in water, diluted juice or chamomile tea. My girl loved chewing on that!!!! Just remember its temporary... it sucks to see someone so innocent having such horrible days but they look so darn cute when they come in. =] later gators! NatashaMc
1394 days ago.
Just wondering how long it took, from when you first noticed teething and seeing a white bump, for the tooth to actually break through? My son is almost five months and I see two little 'buds' one on top and one on the bottom He's pretty miserable, off and on, he's normally happy, happy, happy. Just hope this doesn't last TOO long! madam
1394 days ago.
Hi Ladies, im reading this section because my 9 month son has 5 teeth and i see a 6th teeth coming above, and since yesterday been droooling so much.. temperature 38.2 celcius, his cheeks are red and he is crangky... im trying to soothe him, a bit worried.. but i hope he can sleep well tonight... ragtopgirl
1411 days ago.
ice chips work wonders... they melt really fast, the babies love them and no choking. Motrin with the tablets works great too, but I found that they love ice chips. I started this at about 6 months old and my son is now 17 months and it still works like a charm! Hope this helps! jenim24
1412 days ago.
I used the Hylands Teething tables, the Hylands teething drops AND the Hylands teething gel. LOL (not all at once though) and I got amber/amethyst cream that I rub on my son's neck. (works like the neclaces). Mind you I don't see a regular MD. happyforest
1426 days ago.
i got my teething tablets at CVS. i went to Target to get them, but there weren't any. also you can put a piece of frozen fruit (peach, pear, banana) into the mesh-feeder and they can chew on that it helps a lot! ladababy
1426 days ago.
I have a 7 mo old who has 7 teeth coming in all at once. He cries all day. HELP. I've tried everything. Where do you get these teething tablets? campimama
1426 days ago.
luvmyboy-I use the Hyland's teething tablets and love them. I used them with my first child as well. The level of belladonna is miniscule (.0003%). Very safe homeopathic teething solution. debsandgrace
1427 days ago.
Manda-may I use the baltic amber necklace too. Grace didnt really suffer with her first tooth, It appeared in 3days with just a little fussing but lots of dribble! The necklace arrived after it came through but she now wears it during the day and has just cut her second tooth with no fussing and hardly any dribble. Could be the necklace but could not either way im still going to continue using it. Anyway Grace's second tooth is not her second bottom tooth but the top lefthand tooth. So now she has the top and bottom left hand teeth no right hand bottom teeth! luvmyboy
1432 days ago.
Hey Ladies! My LO is 7 months old and he has his two bottom front teeth and his upper lateral incisor is coming in. I thought the upper centrals came before the laterals.. He has been very fussy at night and tylenol doesn't always help. Has anyone tried hylands teething tabs and did they help? I read somewhere that one of the ingredients is Belladonna and supposidly can be fatal in large amounts? has anoyone else heard this? Is it safe to give my little guy these tabs and do they work??? any replies would be greatly appreciated Thanks!!