Teething Toddler

Yes toddler’s do teeth! As shown in the chat below, teething usually takes place in between three months and two years. Some infants will show their first little white sparkle by three months while other’s sprout almost a year later and sometimes a few months after that. If your little one has not sprouted his first tooth by 12 months, feel free to contact his pediatrician for reassurance.

Usually most children start to teeth around five or six months. Parent’s will see this as a sign to start more solid baby food or teething treats. But please don’t use teething as a sign to start your baby on any type of food. Breast milk or formula is okay until you are ready to serve your infant reaches 12 months. Breast milk can be fed to your baby through the toddler years and even longer.

When babies start cutting teeth, the front teeth appear first, and then the molars come along three to six months later. By the time your toddler is three years old, he may have a full set of baby teeth, 20 in all.

Teething symptoms may appear four days before the tooth starts to sprout and even three days after it emerges.  Some symptoms of teething are:

  • Irritability and crankiness~ your toddler may throw tantrums, cry, whine, due to teething
  • May stay awake longer or has problems sleeping
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • A slight fever~ this is the case from infant teething and is the same with toddlers. If his temp spikes past 101° you should call the pediatrician or nurse on call.
  • Drooling
  • Rubbing ears~ your toddler may rub his ears towards the direction of the incoming tooth or teeth. Don't confuse this with a possible ear infection.
  • Refusing to eat
Although infants experience diarrhea with teething, toddlers usually let this symptom remain with the babies. If your toddler has  diarrhea its probably the result of a virus or something he ate. Not proven signs of teething:
  • Diarrhea or loose stools or increased stools
  • Congestion
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased consumption of liquids
  • Internal temp of 101° or higher
Call the ped if your toddler has these symptoms

Some toddler’s may experience pain and discomfort while their last baby teeth are sprouting.  Here are some tips that we hope will help your toddler:

Laughing Offer him something cool like applesauce, mashed bananas, all natural popsicle that are

     chemical and sugar free ~ find the recipe in our children's recipe section

CoolA chilled teething ring or clean cold rag is great to rub across his gums.** see special note about 

     teething rings

Smile Comforting your toddler is always a great way to help him get through teething pains

**Some teething rings or teething toys or rings have liquids inside them. Babies have been known to bite through these rings and accidentally ingest these dangerous liquids. Also ensure that the teething device does not have small parts that can be broken off and swallowed by the baby, thus causing a choking hazard.

Chart from the parent tree