How Long Does Teething Last? The teething process explained for parents.
The teething process can be a difficult time for both parents and babies. It's often hard to tell how long it will last, and what you can do to make it more comfortable for your child. In this blog post, we will explain the teething process and give you an idea of how long it might last. We'll also provide some tips on how to make the experience more comfortable for your baby.
Signs Teething Is Starting
The teething process usually begins around six months old, when babies start to drool more and put everything in their mouths. You might also notice that your baby is crankier than usual or has trouble sleeping. It's also common for babies to have a runny nose. These are all normal signs that teething is starting.
How Long Teething Lasts
The baby teething process commonly lasts between 1 and 2 weeks per tooth. This is the painful part - where teeth break through the gums, but shouldn't be painful as the tooth finishes coming in. Most of the time, the first teeth to come in (the two bottom front teeth) are the easiest. After that it's very random which teeth come in, in which order and how many come in at a time. After the 20 primary teeth, are in you're in the clear...until molars come in about 5 years later!
Tips To Comfort A Teething Baby
There are a few things you can do to help your baby through the teething process:
- Give them something to chew on. A cold, wet washcloth or a frozen teething ring can help soothe the gums. Just make sure it's not too cold, as this could hurt your baby's skin.
- Wash your hands then rub their gums with your finger. This can help ease the pain and pressure they're feeling.
- Give them a little bit of teething gel. You can find this at most pharmacies. Just put a small amount on your finger and rub it on your baby's gums.
- Consider a teether that clips to your baby's clothing, like the Tasty Tie, that way babies can relieve themselves whenever they want and parents won't need to instantly have a teether handy when the fussing starts.
Signs That The Teething Stage Is Ending
The good news is that the teething stage doesn't last forever. Here are some signs that your little one is on their way out of this tough time:
- They're starting to sleep through the night again
- Their appetite has returned to normal
- They're no longer drooling as much
- They're back to their usual self in terms of energy and mood
If you're noticing any or all of these signs, it's likely that your child is nearing the end of the teething stage. Hang in there, parent - you've almost made it through!
Next up: potty training... (joking) ;) hopefully that goes a bit smoother than teething! Thanks for reading.