When Should My Child Start Teething?
Teething is a natural process that every child goes through. It usually starts at around six months and can continue until age 3. During this time, your child’s teeth will emerge from their gums, which can cause discomfort and irritability. Understanding your child’s teething schedule can help you prepare and alleviate any symptoms they might experience.
In What Order Do My Child’s Teeth Come In?
Children’s teeth will come in pairs, starting with the two bottom front teeth (central incisors). These are usually followed by the two top front teeth (also central incisors). After this, the teeth on either side of the front teeth (lateral incisors) will emerge. The first molars usually come in next, followed by the canines (the sharp teeth next to the lateral incisors) and then the second molars.
It’s important to note that every child’s teething schedule is different; some children may experience teething earlier or later than others. Some children might also experience teething symptoms for longer periods of time. In general, however, most children will have all their baby teeth by age 3.
What Are the Symptoms of Teething?
During the teething process, your child might experience a range of symptoms, including:
- Irritability or fussiness
- Chewing on objects or fingers
- Swollen or tender gums
- Refusing to eat or drink
- Trouble sleeping
To help alleviate your child’s teething symptoms, try giving them something cold to chew on, such as a teething or a damp washcloth that has been chilled in the refrigerator. You can also rub their gums gently with a clean finger or offer them over-the-counter pain relief medication (such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen).
Teething is a natural process that every child goes through, and understanding your child’s teething schedule can help you prepare for this process and alleviate any symptoms they might undergo. Remember to be patient and offer your child lots of love and comfort during this time. If you are wondering when your child should have their first dental visit, see what we have to say on our blog!