|The Five Stages Of Teething by Robin OBrien
Baby teething is a major baby development milestone. The timetable
of teething is different for each baby, although the vast majority will
begin the teething process around the same age and the appearance of teeth
will usually follow a certain order.
The appearance of milk teeth is the precursor to weaning; a physical
manifestation of a child's burgeoning independence. Most children sail
through the whole process but for some it can be a distressing and painful
time. Many parents can feel helpless and somewhat taken by surprise when
their baby begins to cut its first teeth. Understanding the physical changes
and anticipating when, and how, is the key to helping your baby.
Stage 1. Teething discomfort can start well before teeth even come through
- your baby is born with a set of 20 teeth hidden beneath the gums. Just
before they erupt you should be able to feel the indentations of the teeth
by running your finger along your baby's gums.
Stage 2. Usually, when your baby is between seven to twelve months old,
the first four front teeth erupt through the gums. These teeth are called
the incisors. It is usually the upper two teeth that emerge first. Although
they look cute, and make every parents heart flutter when seen for the
first time, they can hurt as they come through.
Stage 3. The appearance of the first molars usually takes place when
the child is between thirteen and nineteen months old. The first molars
sit just behind the canine teeth.
Stage 4. Somewhere between sixteen to twenty-two months of age, the
canine teeth emerge - however, the first molar teeth can appear before
Stage 5. The second molars are just about always the last to emerge.
This occurs around twenty-five to thirty-three months of age. These are
the largest of the teeth; some children find the emergence of these to
be the most painful.
During each stage of teething your baby will want different aids in
soothing its discomfort. Cooling hot gums during stage one is a great relief,
whereas finding the best object to chomp down on is preferred for the remaining
stages. To ease hot gums you can purchase teething gels or simply give
your child a pacifier or ring that has been cooled in the fridge. If you
want to give your child a nursing ring to ease discomfort, you may need
to purchase different types for each stage of teething. You can easily
find these in most baby retail stores. Read the back of the packaging to
tell if the ring is suitable for your child's teething needs - during early
teething you'll want a teething ring that your child can chew its front
teeth on, but during the final stages of teething, you'll want to purchase
one that is most suitable for the back teeth.
Finally, your child will be in possession of all its teeth and you can
then rest easy. Or can you? Just when your child has got all its milk teeth
(deciduous teeth) it will start loosing them again, to be replaced by adult
teeth. The first teeth to fall out are usually the front four teeth; this
starts around the child's sixth to eight birthday. The rest of the other
teeth fall out in pretty much the same order as the appeared; front teeth
first, second molars last.
About the Author
Robin O'Brien is founder of a website dedicated to baby teething. There,
you can learn everything from teething
symptoms to natural teething