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Molars and canines in babies - how long does the breakthrough take?

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Your baby is now a toddler and the eruption of milk teeth is entering the second round. At the beginning the first molars or deciduous molars push through the gums. Most children are 12 to 16 months old at this point. This is followed by the canines between the ages of 15 and 20 months. Finally, the second molars appear between the 20th and 40th month of life. Usually the lower jaw is slightly ahead of the upper jaw.

Why teething can hurt

Many children struggle more with the eruption of milk teeth in the second year of life than in the first 12 months. This may be due to the shape of the molars. They are particularly large and move up very slowly because they do not have sharp points that can make their way through the solid gums easier. The sharp canines cause significantly fewer problems. So don't be surprised if your toddler complains of mouth pain or is simply in a bad mood every now and then.

If you look closely at your child, you will likely notice the following symptoms:

  • increased salivation
  • reddened gums
  • a swelling at the break point
  • possibly even a small bruise on the gums
  • a hot, red cheek
  • Refusal to eat
  • Problems falling asleep and staying asleep

However, these symptoms last a few days at most per tooth. Then the worst is over.

Tip: During eruption, breastfeeding or bottle sucking can hurt your child's teething. For a change, try a toddler drinking cup or a simple plastic cup.

What you can do to help your child

You cannot completely relieve your child of the pain of a breakthrough, but you can alleviate it with home remedies and your care and love. Try the following treatments. Soon the molars will be there and your child will be happy again.

  • Give your daughter or son a chilled (not frozen!) Teether to hold on to sore gums. A peeled carrot from the refrigerator has a similar effect.
  • Massage the area over the tooth with your clean finger if your child allows. Teething gel from the pharmacy is a good combination.
  • Try homeopathic beads. Your pediatrician can advise you on the right active ingredient.
  • Homemade ice cream made from unsweetened fruit puree tastes good and cools irritated gums.
  • In an emergency, your child's pediatrician will prescribe acetaminophen or ibuprofen as a pain reliever. Please only use the medication if there is no other way.

If the problem is not the eruption of the canines

Small children are still training their immune system and therefore often get sick in the second year of life. Therefore, always consider whether your child really “only” suffers from teething problems or whether, for example, an otitis media may be behind the pain. A high fever and other symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea are more likely to indicate an infection. In case of doubt, the pediatrician will be happy to help you.

Source:
Thomas Baumann, Atlas of the history of development: preventive medical check-ups from U1 to U10 / J1, Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart 2015

Author details
Jessica Kilonzo is a specialist in paediatrics and adolescent medicine. As a freelance writer, she writes medical texts in Tanzania, with a direct view of Mount Kilimanjaro from her desk. Comprehensive information from parents about the health and illnesses of their children is particularly important to her. Her motivation is to explain complex medical topics in a way that is understandable for laypeople as well. As the mother of two girls, she knows how parents feel in exceptional situations.
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Jessica Kilonzo is a specialist in paediatrics and adolescent medicine. As a freelance writer, she writes medical texts in Tanzania, with a direct view of Mount Kilimanjaro from her desk. Comprehensive information from parents about the health and illnesses of their children is particularly important to her. Her motivation is to explain complex medical topics in a way that is understandable for laypeople. As the mother of two girls, she knows how parents feel in exceptional situations.
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