Help! Is My Baby Having Teething Pain?

Help! Is My Baby Having Teething Pain?

Help! Is My Baby Having Teething Pain?

 

Your once sound sleeper is waking up every hour, he’s irritable, cranky, and has become a serious drool monster. There is nothing he won’t try to put in his mouth, including his whole fist. He’s been teetering on a fever all day, refusing to eat his usual solids and wants to be held and comforted constantly.

 

Your once sound sleeper is waking up every hour, he’s irritable, cranky, and has become a serious drool monster.

 

Some kids experience all of the above (and then some) just before their teeth come in, and some lucky little ones seem to be not at all bothered by their budding chompers. Teething signs and symptoms are extremely variable and may include: localized pain, irritability, excessive drool, frequent night waking and loose stools.

 

Teething signs and symptoms are extremely variable and may include: localized pain, irritability, excessive drool, frequent night waking and loose stools.

 

When does teething start?

The first tooth to make its appearance is usually the lower front middle tooth (lower central incisor). This occurs, on average, at around 6 months of age, but there is a lot of variability- some kids don’t debut their first tooth until much later. Either way, the teeth come in when they’re good and ready, so don’t fret if your 18-months-old’s first tooth is just starting to erupt.

 

When does teething end?

Most kids have their full set of 20 teeth by the time they are three, but this doesn’t mean that you and your little one need to suffer through the next few years. There are several remedies that you can try to help ease the discomfort.

Bring on the cold: teething toys, teething rings or a wet washcloth placed in the freezer can be very soothing to angry gums.

 

Teething pain management

Because teething is believed to be caused by localized inflammation surrounding the part of the gum through which the tooth will erupt, anything that may help to lower the inflammatory response may help. Bring on the cold: teething toys, teething rings or a wet washcloth placed in the freezer can be very soothing to angry gums. Mesh food holders with frozen fruit/veggies seemed to help my daughter. If the pain appears to be severe, Ibuprofen and/or Acetaminophen may help.

 

Many of my patients swear by alternative treatments such as teething tablets, homeopathic drops (Camilia) or amber teething necklaces. Each baby may respond differently to these remedies, so experiment with your little ones, but make sure to steer clear of teething gels as they may cause toxicity.

 

Read more on the first dental visit.

 

Feel free to email Dr. Lori Goldenberg at lorigoldenberg@me.com with any questions or comments

 

Lori Goldenberg

About Lori Goldenberg

Lori is a pediatric dentist practicing in Forest Hill and Richmond Hill. She spends much of her time both in practice and in the community, educating parents and caregivers about the importance of maintaining good oral health.

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