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Gummy Grins to Pearly Whites: Common Teething Questions

teethingCutting teeth is an important milestone in your child’s development. Unfortunately, getting new teeth is an uncomfortable experience for most babies. Teething may cause fussiness, drooling and other signs of discomfort. Parents and Child care providers can help babies and parents get through the teething process by answering a few common questions about teething.

When Do Babies Start Teething?

Teething actually begins a lot sooner than you think. At 11 to 14 weeks in the womb, babies tooth buds begin to form. Shortly after birth, their teeth will begin to push through their gums and the irritating journey of teething will then begin. Teething can start as early as 3 months old, for early developers. Rarely, but not unusual, a child can have a baby tooth at birth. On average children sprout baby teeth around 4 to 7 months of age. A late bloomer may not begin cutting teeth until they are a year old.

How Do I Know My Child Is Teething?

Your child will not be able to tell you that they are in pain and why it hurts. However, there are symptoms you can look for that may help you decide whether or not it’s teething or another issue.

The six most common teething symptoms are:

  • Drooling (which can lead to facial rash)
  • Biting
  • Gum swelling and sensitivity
  • Refusing food
  • Sleeping problems
  • Irritability and fussiness

Some parents associate fever and loose stools as symptoms of teething as well. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms or their rectal temperature exceeds 101°, you should always consult a pediatrician, as it may be a problem unrelated to teething.

How To Ease the Pain of Teething

There are a variety of different ways you can help ease the pain of your teething child. For a more natural way of helping heal the pain, here are some things you can try:

  • Teething toys or frozen rags
  • Cold foods like yogurt or applesauce
  • Hard unsweetened crackers like Zwieback Teething biscuits
  • With a clean finger, gently rub your child’s gums for temporary relief

If you feel these ways aren’t helping, your child may find relief with:

  • Baby’s Orajel
  • Children’s pain reliever

Never give your child any medicine without consulting your pediatrician.

Teething and Daycare

At Suncoast Academy, we understand that it is common for your child to have swollen gums and drooling associated with teething. If your child has a persistent non-clear runny nose, coughing, or diarrhea that coincides with teething, it may be best to keep them home. To ensure the best possible care for your little one, we recommend communicating with your Tampa daycare provider as soon as you know that your child is teething.

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