Teething: Tips from Dr. Mom

Dr. Pandya, a new mom herself, has some tips to help you and your baby get through teething:

After surviving the blur of the newborn stage, my husband and I were in a somewhat predictable routine with the sleep schedule until teething threw us off again. Did you know that teething is a top cause of frequent night waking from the age of six months through the age of two?

Teething typically begins when a baby is between six and eight months old, although some children don’t have their first tooth until later. The two bottom front teeth usually come in first, followed by the upper two teeth. All 20 baby teeth should be in place by the time a child is around two and a half years old.

Starting at six months, signs of teething can be irritability, accompanied by chewing on everything and drooling. Other signs could include swollen and tender gums, refusing food, and disrupted sleep.

Every child handles teething differently, but here are a few things that have helped us with our little one:

  • Give your baby teething toys to chew on. Cool them off in the fridge first. Our favorite? Sophie the giraffe. Try different kinds until you find one he/she likes.
  • Gently rub the gums with a cool, wet washcloth, or a clean finger.
  • Feed your child cool, soft foods such as applesauce or yogurt (if your baby is eating solids).
  • Avoid topical pain relievers and medications that are rubbed on the gums.

Once those little chompers come in, remember- first visit by first birthday. Our little one will definitely be visiting her pediatric dentist (also known as mommy) at the recommended time!

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