Teething Information Every Parent Should Know

Teething Information Every Parent Should Know
Posted on 10/15/2015

Teething refers to the process by which primary or baby teeth emerge through the gums and become visible in a child's mouth. This typically starts when children are between six and nine months old although it can start as early as three months and as late as one year. Many new parents anticipate their baby's first teeth with a combination of excitement and apprehension. Teething is often something that parents celebrate even though it can cause a baby some discomfort.

Here is some information about teething all parents should know and a few tips for helping your young child get through this developmental stage easier.

The Symptoms of Teething

Children experience teething differently from when they get their first teeth to the types of symptoms they have and the amount of discomfort they feel. Therefore, it's not always easy for parents to know when a baby is teething. The symptoms of teething include:

  • Irritability & crankiness
  • Increased drooling
  • Swollen gums
  • Trying to bite, chew and suck on items
  • Rubbing the face
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Refusing to eat
  • Grabbing the ears

If you notice several of these symptoms together, it's likely that your child is teething. However, there is always a chance that something else is to blame. If for instance, your child has a fever, diarrhea or a runny nose, don't assume it's teething and especially if the symptoms persist for longer than 24 hours. Give your pediatrician a call if your child has a high fever and other symptoms such as a lack of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting and lethargy.

How To Help Your Child With Discomfort and Pain

A teething baby gets the most relief from cold and/or pressure on the affected area. This can be applied with:

  • A chilled teething ring
  • A cold, wet washcloth
  • A chilled pacifier
  • By massaging your baby's gums

If you give your child a chilled pacifier or teething ring, do not freeze it as it could burn if left in the mouth for too long. Never rub whiskey or other alcohol on your child's gums as this doesn't work nor is it appropriate. Over-the-counter medication can be used to relieve your child of discomfort, but first check with your pediatrician or pharmacist to make sure you're giving your child the right type and dosage.

Schedule Your Child's First Dental Visit by Age 1

Our Omaha, NE pediatric dentists agree with the recommendation made by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that states a child's first dental checkup should occur by age one. While this may seem like an early age to take your child to the dentist, there are several things your pediatric dentist can begin working on at this time including the development of healthy habits that will make future dental visits more pleasurable.

During your child's first visit with us, we will make sure your child doesn't have any cavities. We will also review with you the proper ways to care for your child's mouth and discuss the importance of good oral hygiene.

If you have any questions about teething or would like to schedule an appointment for your child, please call us at (402) 330-5913. Our Omaha pediatric dentistry office is conveniently located at 2521 S. 119th St.