Teething in Toddlers: What To Expect
Little Yawn Collective - Sep 30, 2021
When you imagine the first year of your little one’s life, you probably picture an endless supply of snuggles, plenty of smiles, adorable milestones, and so much more. But then it happens—your child’s first molar arrives, and all of a sudden, that smiley toothless baby of yours transforms into a cranky drooling mess.
Ah, the joys of teething!
Synonymous with lots of fussiness, non-stop tears, and sleepless nights, teething is a milestone that can drive even the coolest, calm, and collective parent crazy.
Don’t worry; with a bit of guidance from yours truly here at the Little Yawn Collective, you just might be able to keep your cool.
In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about teething in toddlers, including what to expect and how to soothe your teething tot during this uncomfortable time.
Are you ready? Let’s dive in!
Why Do Toddlers Teeth?
If your little one passed the one-year mark and endured the challenges of teething like a champ, chances are you’re probably feeling pretty lucky. After all, isn’t teething supposed to be, well… terrible?
While no two babies are exactly the same, for most tiny tots, teething can be an excruciatingly painful experience. And it’s easy to see why—the milestone involves tiny sharp teeth trying to break through ultra-sensitive gums. Ouch!
On average, babies will get their first tooth around six months of age, but truth be told, there’s really no specific age when babies start to teeth. Some little ones may start feeling the discomfort of teething as early as three months, while others might not get their first tooth until they turn one.
That being said, if you thought you made it out of the teething woods with ease, we’ve got some not-so-wonderful news for you—your darling angel’s two-year molars have yet to arrive, and this is typically when things get… terrible.
What Should I Do If My Toddler Is Teething?
Your teething tot’s two-year molars can summon the waterworks as they erupt, often causing much more pain than the baby teeth that came in when they were only a few months old.
This is because molars are larger teeth. As they come up through the gums and all those sensitive nerves, compared to the teeth that came through in infancy, the pain can be magnified.
But don’t fret—there are many things you can do to help flip that frown upside down!
If you’ve ever had a toothache, chances are you didn’t nosh on super crunchy snacks or rock-hard candies. When trying to soothe your bundle of joy, put yourself in their tiny shoes and ask yourself, “What would feel good on my sore gums?”
Turn mealtime into a treat that’s soft and cold for your teething toddler’s swollen gums—smoothies are super simple to make and easy for babies to eat.
Cold freezer pops, frozen fruit, chilled yogurt, and applesauce are all great options, too.
Dealing with a fussy eater? Try a teething toy!
Perfectly safe for toddlers to gnaw on, teething toys can help the teeth push through the gum as your little nugget chews. Biting and chewing also put counter pressure on the gums, ultimately helping to soothe the pain.
Pro Tip: Purchase teething toys that you can stick in the freezer. The cold sensation is like kryptonite to inflammation and can help to make your tiny tot more comfortable.
No, we’re not talking about a back massage—although baby bedtime massages are a thing! To help alleviate some of the pain from teething, gently massage your toddler’s gum with clean fingers or a soft, wet cloth.
Toddler teething pains are the worst—especially at night. Why? Well, there’s really no medical reason why your little one’s teething pain might amplify when the sun goes down, but some doctors think it could be due to extreme restlessness following a long day.
That being said, when your bundle of joy is teething, do your very best to keep them on their sleep schedule. When your baby is overtired, they may be crankier, which can exacerbate their teething aches and pains.
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Help! How Do I Know If It’s Teething or Illness?
When babies are around six months old, their small immune systems start to make some big changes. Along with the tendency to put everything and anything in their mouths… this makes them more prone to illnesses.
What’s more, while the two-year molars erupt, toddlers may experience ear pain or a low-grade fever. In other words, there’s a whole lot of icky stuff that can happen while your child’s teeth erupt!
For this reason, it’s important to know the telltale signs of teething so you can determine the best way to help your little one.
If your fussy baby recently stepped it up on their drooling game, chances are they’re teething, not sick. For many toddlers, teething stimulates the production of saliva. More saliva means more drool.
Excessive drooling can sometimes cause a rash around the mouth, chin, cheeks, and neck area due to the extra bacteria on the skin from the saliva. So, to avoid more ouchies, try to keep the area as clean and dry as possible.
Teething is already painful as it is. No need to add an uncomfortable rash into the mix!
One of the very first signs of teething is a heightened interest in biting. The pressure that the pain creates from a soon-to-erupt baby tooth can be relieved by applying counterpressure.
Whether you give them something to gnaw on or not —instinctively, teething tots will look for things to bite down on to get that oh-so-glorious relief from putting a bit of counterpressure on their gums.
Lacks Other Cold Symptoms
Lastly, one surefire way to differentiate between an illness and teething boils down to a lack of other cold symptoms.
If your cranky monster just appears to be a little ~extra~ and isn’t really displaying any signs of an illness, such as a runny nose, cough, or fever, take a deep breath and try a gum massage—your most precious treasure is simply going through the motions of teething.
Note: Of course, for any questions or concerns, always consult the pediatrician!
Teething Doesn’t Have To Be Horrible
And there you have it—everything you can expect when your tiny tot starts teething.
As soon as you notice that first adorable little baby tooth, you should go ahead and schedule your first visit to the pediatric dentist. It’s super important to take care of your teething tot’s teeth because they can quickly develop decay.
Additionally, they’re essential for speech development as well as being a guide for their ‘big kid’ teeth.
Here at Little Yawn Collective, we know the struggle when babies are teething. Sometimes, the pain means sleepless nights are inevitable—for both your teething tot and you.
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Sweet dreams ahead!
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