Teething toddlers can be a handful and knowing what to do as a parent can be a relief for both your toddler and you.
The two-year molars generally break through the gum when a child is between the ages of 22 and 33 months old. The lower set comes in first and the upper set comes in a few months later.
Even though many toddlers experience no pain in the early stages of teething, once the molars come through, toddlers may become irritable due to pain.
Symptoms for Recognizing that Your Toddler Has New Molars
Here are some of the signs that your child is teething and getting two-year molars:
- Chewing on things — toys, finger or clothes
- Increased drooling
- Very irritable
- Running a low-grade fever around 99 degrees
Symptoms may become more intense at night or when the child is tired.
Are There Home Remedies to Increase Comfort During Teething?
The good news is there are some things you can do to make your child feel more comfortable during teething (recommended by Medical News Today):
- Let the child hold a cold spoon between his/her teeth
- Rub the child’s gums with a clean finger
- Let the child bite on a cold washcloth soaked in ice water
- Give the child a teething ring (not frozen)
- Prevent drying and cracking skin around the mouth (caused by drooling) by applying moisturizers to the surrounding skin
- Distract the child through play, such as coloring, dancing and singing songs
- Give the child a children’s acetaminophen or ibuprofen for one or two days
If your child runs a fever over 100 degrees, has diarrhea or vomiting, then see a doctor. Teething should not cause these symptoms and the doctor can determine the cause and treat it.
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