Teething: how to soothe it


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Teething: how to soothe it?

Crying, red cheeks, profuse salivation… If your child has these symptoms, it is possible that he is teething. How long does it last? How to soothe your baby?

What is teething?

We speak of teething when the first teeth form inside the jaw bones and then come to pierce the gums. It is during this period that the milk teeth are put in place in the baby's mouth.

soothe teething children


The first milk tooth generally breaks between 4 and 7 months. It may appear earlier, from the age of 3 months or later, around 14 months. The teething process can last until the child is 3 years old. Some infants may be born with one or two teeth. There is no rule as to when primary teeth appear. Do not worry if your child does not have any teeth at the age of 6 months or, on the contrary, if some appear from the first days of life.


Order of arrival of baby teeth

Teething in babies is done in a certain order:



The incisors appear in the majority of cases between 6 and 16 months. There are 8 of them (lateral and central). Their role is to cut food.


The canines

The canines are used to shred food. They point the tip of their nose between 16 and 23 months. They are counted 4 in number.


Premolars in children


There are 8 premolars, four above and four below. They appear between 13 and 24 months and allow food to be crushed to complete the chewing performed by the molars.


Molars in children


There are 4 molars. These make it possible to grind and crush the food before swallowing it. They appear in babies between 23 and 33 months.


Teething: how to soothe it?

What are the symptoms of teething?

Teething is easily recognizable. Indeed, many symptoms can be associated with it:


oh   Red cheeks ;

oh   nappy rash ;

oh   irritability;

oh   crying;

oh   swollen and painful gums;

oh   profuse saliva;

oh   urge to chew;

oh   disturbed sleep;

oh   slight fever (in some cases).

How to calm your baby while his teeth are growing?

Although uncomfortable for babies, teething is short-lived and can be relieved by different products or treatment.


Teething ring for children


When baby is teething, the need to chew may be felt. Place his gingival ring in the refrigerator, the cold helps to anesthetize the pain. However, if you do not have a teething ring at your disposal, offer baby a rubber toy that he can put in his mouth.


Gingival balm for children

You can massage baby's gums with gum balm several times a day. Rich in vegetable substance, it soothes pain and calms baby.


paracetamol for teething

You can administer a paracetamol suppository or Doliprane pipette to your child, respecting the pediatric dosage adapted to your child's weight.


Relaxation for teething


To soothe the pain, try to calm baby by offering him a bath at room temperature (37 degrees) and a gentle massage. By focusing on his well-being, baby will think of something other than the pain he feels.


Bread croutons for teething


In the same vein as the teething ring, chewing on a crust of bread can help babies reduce their pain. However, be aware of the risk of going the wrong way. This possibility should only be used if the child's age allows it: ask your doctor for advice.


What if my baby is not eating?

Teething is a natural phenomenon that can cause discomfort and pain in some infants and loss of appetite is a common symptom. Don't worry if baby is feeding less than usual. The perceived embarrassment can put him off even if you offer him foods he likes. Be flexible and keep in mind that the push has a limited duration. However, if during his teething, baby does not eat you can (depending on his age), to calm his pains offer him:


oh   liquid foods such as soups or purees rich in water;

oh   cold foods to relieve pain such as compotes placed in the refrigerator, very cold yogurts or ice cream;

oh   vegetables or fruits to chew that you have placed in the fridge such as small carrot sticks, pieces of bananas or small radishes.

How long does teething last?

The baby teether includes 20 teeth. Teething lasts about 8 days and the tooth pierces the gum around the 5th day.