What You Should Know About the Teething Process
Did you know that your newborn baby might arrive with a mouthful of teeth? Although this is extremely rare (occurring in about 1 out of every 2,000 pregnancies), every mom must someday face the challenges of teething! Here are some things you should know about the teething process.
Children’s teeth erupt from the gums at extremely unpredictable increments, and your doctor probably won’t be able to give you an exact time frame for the start or completion of your child’s teething journey. A generally accepted window during which children teethe is between 3 months and 4 years. Because your little one may have difficulty articulating his pain, pay attention to where he puts his hands (likely in his mouth during teething) when he cries, and talk to your doctor about pain management options if he seems to be in pain.
Although you may feel helpless during this uncomfortable time in your child’s life, items can be purchased in stores to help soothe a sore mouth, such as a teething ring. Investing in a high-quality teething ring (a plastic mouthpiece filled with water that can be frozen) may prove to be your best bet in helping to calm your baby or toddler’s swollen gums.