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The arrival of the first teeth through your baby's gums is known as the process of teething. It is painless for some babies, others are fussy, and for some children and their parents the frustration can last for months.

Teething is — together with colic pain — one of the most common early parental concerns in the world of pediatrics. [1] Some babies are early teethers and have the first tooth emerge as early as three months of age, and some get the first tooth long after their first birthday, but the average is around six months of age. It’s all normal. You don’t have to worry if your baby’s first tooth is too early or too late; it will appear when the baby is ready, and you’ll definitely know when it does. [2]

What Order Will The Teeth Appear In?

The first teeth to emerge usually are the central incisors — the two bottom front teeth. They're usually followed by the upper central and lateral incisors — the four front upper teeth. Usually, about a month to two months later, the two bottom lateral incisors will appear. Next are usually the first molars (the back teeth for grinding food), then lastly the eyeteeth (the pointy ones in the upper jaw). [3]

Of course, no baby is the same and even though this is the most common order, in some children the teeth will appear in different orders. My daughter got her first two lower teeth (incisors) on the same day, when she was four months and a day old, and almost four months later got her lower lateral incisors.  Four teeth down, and just the right central incisor in the upper jaw so far, and she’s almost ten months old.

Most children have all of the primary teeth — that’s 20 of them — by their third birthday. [3]

How To Relieve Teething Pain?

The teething process is almost painless for some babies, but others are not so lucky and can go through real torture. There are many solutions to ease the pain, from medications to natural teething remedies. We’re going to focus on simple natural remedies that are proven to work. Knowing some tricks to soothe your little one in the moments of teething pain is of great importance.

My daughter is a relatively easy teether. Of course she’s a lot fussier when the tooth is emerging, but that’s literally a few hours. I know when the tooth is going to appear by the way she’s acting through the night. She usually sleeps relatively well, with a few wakings just to breastfeed, but on those nights when teeth make their way onto the surface, she wakes up crying a hundred times.

The struggle that many parents go through with teething is real. Some babies don’t act as their normal selves, so it’s crucial to ease this process for them as much as possible, but only in a safe way.

Breastfeeding As A Natural Teething Remedy

One great way to naturally alleviate the symptoms of teething is nursing often, of course for those mothers that do breastfeed their babies. A mother’s chest can be soothing and comforting for a teething child. My daughter is really fond of this kind of comfort.

Breast milk is loaded with natural painkillers (analgesics), so if you breastfeed your baby, it could be one of the simplest tricks against teething pain.

This pain relieving property of breast milk automatically increases when the baby starts teething.  As a result, a baby will probably demand to breastfeed more than usual.  She may even test out her first teeth on your breasts, but it’s relatively easy to teach her not to do this. [4

Some parents claim that suckling aggravates their teething babies in moments of swollen jaws. A baby might pull off of a breast and refuse to eat. You should never stop breastfeeding for this reason only, as it will pass relatively soon. As soon as the baby is hungry enough, he’ll breastfeed, regardless of the eventual discomfort.

Refrigerated Teething Toys Can relieve Your Baby’s Teething Pain

Your baby’s painful gums can be “anesthetized” with refrigerated teething rings. Babies love having things to put into their mouths, especially when the object may alleviate the teething discomfort. There are plenty of shapes and materials to choose from when it comes too teething rings, but what they have in common is the distilled water filling that gives them the ability to cool down well.

Also, you can put some ice cubes in a clean washcloth and rub the ice on your baby’s gums. A clean baby sock can hold the ice too. Just get creative!

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A clean finger placed gently on your baby’s gums or a gentle gum massage is often enough to ease the teething pain. Chewbeads for mums and similar soft and nontoxic items may relieve a baby’s gum discomfort. The silicone teethers that can’t fall apart can be used without you worrying about the small parts that may become a choking hazard inside your baby’s mouth.

Your baby will want her hands — and mouth — literally on anything during the teething period, so make sure that the things surrounding her are safe at all times!

Symptoms To Watch Out For

Doctors say that drooling, pain, discomfort, sleep disturbances, and a slight fever should be the only problems connected with teething. If you spot other conditions such as severe diarrhea or an extremely high fever, talk to your healthcare professional as soon as possible. [5]

Experts claim that teething shouldn't cause significant loss of appetite, severe diarrhea, or any other severe symptoms that some people might observe in their babies. Those symptoms are likely caused by more serious underlying issues and should be carefully observed and tested. [6]

Teething 'Remedies' To Avoid

When it comes to children and the ways to minimize their discomfort of any kind. there’s a bit of difference of opinion going on among parents. Some parents recommend frozen bagels, teething biscuits, and cooled hard vegetables like carrots. I don’t recommend food items as a remedy for your baby’s teething pain as they represent a possible choking hazard. Yes, some things should be used with care and attention, but I'm always for the "better safe than sorry" approach.

If you want to give your baby something to chew on, try silicone or mesh feeders or nibblers. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. It’s something between a Popsicle and a dummy — it works by keeping the bigger food pieces from getting into your baby’s mouth while still providing cold and tasty relief.

Homeopathic remedies such as Hyland teething tablets are something to be careful with. Their use is widespread, but there’s no quality scientific proof of their effectiveness. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned about the amount of belladonna plant inside of these tablets, and there’s actual evidence of the plant's toxicity. [78]

Another popular yet proven ineffective teething remedy is amber, typically coming in the form of a necklace. The claims about the analgesic power of these necklaces in easing the teething pain are complete woo, and have no support in modern-day science. The risk of strangulation with amber jewelry, on the other hand, is a verified fact and unfortunate incidents occasionally occured in many parts of the world. [910]

When parents see their babies in pain, they want the pain to disappear immediately, often not thinking about all the consequences. Keep your baby safe, and the teething pain will pass relatively soon.

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