Teething generally happens anywhere from 4 months to a year old. Just when you think that you are done teething, your child will start getting two year molars in. Molars are the larger teeth that are found in the back of the mouth and they are responsible for helping them chew their foods. As the molars are making their way to the surface, your child will likely feel miserable because those teeth hurt as they break through the gums. I wanted to share some tips and suggestions to make your child comfortable as they are getting their two year molars in.
Two Year Molar Teething Symptoms
As I mentioned earlier, most children will begin getting their two year molars just shy of their second birthday. Of course there it is possible that your child can begin getting their two year molars sooner or even well into into their third year. Every child is different so there is not really a huge concern if they haven’t gotten all of their teeth in by the time they are two years old. Due to the size of the molars, they do tend to be more painful especially when they are breaking through the gums. Here is a list of symptoms:
- Mild or low grade fever
- Chewing on their hands, toys, or anything that they can get into their mouth
- Irritated Skin
- Night waking, especially, if your toddler is normally a good sleeper
- Excessively cranky
- Swollen or tender gums
- Ear pulling
- Rubbing on their cheek
- Refusing to eat foods that are hard to chew
Teething symptoms usually subside in a few days after they have broken through the gums. I recommend that you feel in the back of their mouth to see if you feel their teeth. If symptoms last longer than a few days, you probably should have your child seen by a health care provider or their doctor to rule out other illnesses that have symptoms that are similar to teething.
How to Help Keep your Child Comfortable While Teething
It is important to keep your child as comfortable as possible while they are teething. Use the following suggestions to help keep your child comfortable:
I personally didn’t like using teething gel for my children. I didn’t like the idea that the gel makes their mouth and tongue numb. I was always afraid that it would cause my child to accidentally to bite their tongue or the inside of their mouth.
I used to give my Tylenol or Motrin to help ease the pain. I didn’t give it to them unless my child was super miserable or running a fever too. Before giving your child any over the counter pain medication, always check with your child’s doctor for proper dosing amount. You don’t want to give your child too much medication.
Break out your child’s teething toys so that they have a variety of things to chew on to help relieve the pain. I always loved using the fluid-filled teething toys. I simply stuck them in the refrigerator. Skip putting it the freezer unless you leave it in there for a short time. Frozen toys can possibly cause freezer burn to their hands and it can damage their gums. Allow your child to chew on the toy.
Use Cold Fruit in the Mesh Baby Feeders
I loved putting frozen fruit in those mesh baby feeders. My son was able to gnaw on the cold fruit while relieving the pain from teething. My son loved strawberries, peaches, apples, and other fruits.
Baltic Amber Teething Necklace
I personally don’t recommend the Baltic amber teething necklace. Kids can potentially strangle themselves on the necklace if they get it caught on something. Plus, I don’t think they really do what they say they do. Although, some moms will disagree.
Monitor for Fever
Do monitor your child for a fever. Often times teething, will cause a low-grade fever or trigger an ear infection due. I personally like using the Kinsa Smart Thermometer. It is the worlds smartest thermometer that you plug into the headphone jack on your phone. Download and use the Kinsa app to track you or your child’s fever. Once you go to the doctor, you can simply open the app and it will allow you to accurately tell the nurse/doctor how high your fever is and when you last took over the counter medication to reduce your fever. Plus, you never have to worry about needing batteries and it is portable enough for you to take with you wherever you go.
If your child runs a fever over 102, you should start using a fever reducer and doing what you can do lower your child’s temperature. Plus, contact your child’s doctor for an appointment if your child is running a high fever. My child’s doctors office recommends waiting it out for two or three days before bringing them in unless they have other complaints. Do follow your child’s doctors office recommendations.
Use Vaseline on Their Irritated Skin
Children tend to drool more when they are teething. If you notice that your child is drooling excessively, you need to dry off their chin on a regular basis. The skin may become irritated and red looking. Do dry off the skin and apply a small amount of vaseline or lotion like moisturel. This will help heal the irritated skin and the vaseline will protect the skin from any further skin damage.
Give Your Child Extra TLC
When your child is teething often times, they are super cranky, start waking up at night, and not acting like their normal self. Do remember that this is just a phase that your child is going through and it should quickly pass once their tooth breaks through their gums. Give your child some extra attention to help them through this difficult time.
Dealing with Biting
Biting can be a direct result of teething especially if your child hasn’t been a biter in the past. Young children don’t know how to deal with pain, unlike adults. They may result in biting their peers or even you. Try to redirect them and tell them “no biting” in a firm voice. Then hand them a teething toy for them to chew on.
Handling a Picky Eater While They are Teething
If your child is teething, the last thing they might want to do is eat especially if you are serving raw vegetables or other hard foods that your child will normally eat. Instead, offer your child soft foods that are rich in protein.
I hope that these tips and suggests help make surviving the two year molars bearable.