You can expect your toddler to have about twenty milk teeth when he/she is around three or four years of age.
A visual representation of the sprouting order is given in the picture below!
There are babies who experience teething symptoms for months while others may experience it only for a few weeks.
Does pain occur every time a tooth grows? Usually not. The first teeth sprout is said to be the most painful and gradually they grow out of it as each tooth starts coming out. This is no rule of the thumb as there could be some variations too.
- If your baby is drooling more than usual, it could be a sign of teething. Teething is generally said to stimulate drooling.
- Babies usually take to sucking, biting and chewing more because of the itching and pressure that occurs in the gums. They may tend to bite or chew on their rattles, toys, teething rings and the like more than ever before.
- Babies usually tend to become crabbier and fussier during this period. This is because of the irritation and ache that occurs when the tiny tooth presses on the gums and pokes the surface.
- Your tiny tot may refuse to eat because of the itchiness and irritation in the gums. The fuss could also be because of the inability to eat and the resulting hungry tummy.
- Some babies could even develop a slight temperature. But, this may be because of other reasons too.
- Although the relation between teething and diarrhea is vague, many parents do notice a change in the baby’s stools during this period.
- Your little one’s sleep could be affected and your baby could wake up more often and restless than before.
- Babies tend to rub their cheeks and pull their ears because of the irritation.
More photos of the different signs & symptoms of baby teething can be found here.
- Rub your baby’s gums gently with a clean finger time and again. This could comfort him/her by bringing down the irritation.
- Clean your baby’s rattles, teething rings and other objects that he/she tends to bite time and again and ensure that he/she chews only safe objects.
- A better solution would be to provide chilled vegetables or fruits, because many babies may find comfort in chewing a chilled object. This is because the chillness could temporarily numb and soothe the affected area.
- If teething pains seem to be severe and your baby is in a lot of discomfort, please consult with your local pediatrician for some medication to heal the pain.
- If your baby becomes fussy around food, be patient and try several healthy options. Avoid giving sugar laden biscuits around this time.
Also, it is important to start thinking about visiting a local paediatric dentist to ensure that your baby will grow up to have strong and healthy teeth.