Welcoming Your New Baby
Nothing beats the moment that you hold your baby for the very first time. That moment will forever be ingrained in your memory as long as you live. Having a baby is truly an amazing experience. Most parents are quick to capture every “milestone” that their child conquers such as sitting up on their own, crawling, their first steps, and even their first words.
As parents, it makes sense to be overjoyed with and proud of your little one as he or she begins to develop into a young man or woman. During this time of growth and development, there are so many changes that happen to your baby’s body- internally and externally. Some of those changes include hair and nail growth, brain and personality development, and even teething! While all of these changes are happening, it can seem somewhat overwhelming as parents to make sure that all of the changes are on the right track and that you don’t miss one. We are here to help!
One of the first big and sometimes painful changes that a baby goes through is teething. Yes, many parents will attest to countless hours of sleep lost or to witnessing painfully gut-wrenching tears that are the first “tell-tell” signs that their baby is teething. In fact, some parents misdiagnose their little ones for being “fussy” or for being hungry when in fact their little one is just beginning the teething process.
When To Expect Teething
An exact timeline for teething in babies cannot be pinpointed for all children collectively as each baby is unique. However, we can give an estimated window of time that will help you monitor your little one to see if the teething process has begun. Check out a few tips below.
You can bet to start seeing signs of your baby teething when he or she is between 3-6 months old. Most babies will progress slowly starting with inflamed or puffy gums and a fussy attitude (it does hurt after all). You may also notice that your baby has a loss of appetite, loss of sleep, extra drooling, or even a low grade fever below 101 F.
This process isn’t completed in a week or two, unfortunately. You may notice your little one forming new teeth every four to six months, and will typically have their complete set of baby teeth by 24 months. This may come as a shock but wait, there’s good news!
The pain associated with teething won’t last the entire 24 months! In fact, the extremely painful moments of teething typically only last between 1-2 weeks in most babies, and can occasionally rear its head again later on throughout the remaining months of the teething process. However, if your little one seems to be in extreme, long-lasting discomfort or distress that exceeds the normal projected timeline and set of teething symptoms, seek out medical help to ensure that there is not a more serious, underlying condition.
The best thing you can do as a parent for your little one during this time of development is to comfort them, make sure they are eating and drinking, and making sure they get plenty of rest. It is also a great idea to bring your little one in to the dentist early on to make sure that their oral development is on track. If you’re looking for a family-friendly dentist in Cleveland, we would love to meet you! Give us a call or stop by our office to schedule an appointment.