A teething toddler is challenging not only for them but for parents as well. Eruption of the upper and lower front teeth start as babies but molar development doesn’t start until your child is in the toddler stage reaching up to age 30 months. As your child gets older and more aware of discomforts, this may be a painful experience. Your toddler may be a lucky one that does not experience the turmoil of teething but if he’s not, here are some symptoms to be aware of along with helpful tips to get you and your family through the teething tantrums.
Symptoms of teething
*A low-grade fever, typically around 99 degrees F
*Difficulty sleeping through the night
*Excess saliva– this can cause drooling and diarrhea if swallowed
*Sore, swollen gums
*Refusal to eat
*Irritability or crankiness
The stomach bug may have similar symptoms to teething so keep an eye out on your child’s gums to help distinguish the difference. if your toddler’s fever runs high or other symptoms last longer than 3 days, make an appointment to see your doctor to rule out any other conditions.
Teething Tips, Tools, and Remedies
Teething tools are a great aid to help with your toddler’s discomfort. Make sure your teething tools are large enough to reach the back of the mouth. Search online for fun shapes and colors to keep your toddler’s interest.
Great Tools and Remedies to help with your toddler’s teething:
*Chilled Foods- try apple sauce or frozen yogurt
*Cold Fruits- like apples slices or bananas
*Chilled Teethers- pop in the fridge for 15-20 minutes
*Over-the-counter Pain Reliever- but be sure to ask your pediatrician for
*Wet Washcloth- let in the fridge to chill
Fortunately, teething pain doesn’t last forever so hold on tight, it may be a bumpy ride but do not forget to take advantage of the many tools and remedies to ease your toddler’s discomfort.