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Teething in toddlers

By the time your baby turns into a toddler, you are already probably well versed in teething symptoms and how to deal with how your child reacts. Most toddlers will already have their first eight teeth, the front incisors by this stage.

However the bigger teeth are yet to come through, and this could be where the fun really starts….!

When should I expect my toddler teeth to come through?
A rough guide for when to expect your toddler to get their next sets of teeth is listed below, but please remember, children are all individual so it might be different from one child to another.

12 – 16 months old: first molars

16 – 20 months old: canines

20 – 30 months old: second molars

By the time your toddler is around two and half years of age, he should have a completed set of teeth.

How do I know if my toddler is teething?
You may notice that your toddler is grumpy, tired and slightly more irritable than normal when he is teething. He might also have a bright red cheek which feels hot to the touch. Typical symptoms also include:

• problems sleeping
• dribbling and / or a rash on the cheek
• pulling at ears
• mild fever
• biting, sucking and / or chewing more frequently than normal

These symptoms can start up to five days prior to a tooth making an appearance, so keep any eye out for these tell-tale signs that your little one is teething.

What should I do?
Keep an eye on his temperature – a mild fever of around 38c is normal and to be expected. However if it is higher, you should get him checked out by your GP in order to rule out any other illnesses or issues.

Keep a supply of pain relief in the house – paracetamol is generally good enough to keep the pain at bay, but you can supplement this with ibuprofen.

To help with the pain, keep your toddler distracted with lots going on – the more going on to entertain him, the less likely he will be to focus on the pain. Try a cold flannel that has sat in the fridge for a while, or some cold snacks such as cucumber, carrot or celery sticks – they will all provide relief even if they are not eaten!

And remember, snuggles and cuddles go a long way to helping a poorly little toddler feel better!

Do you have any handy toddler teething hints and tips? We would love to hear from you!

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