Truth about Teething

What to expect as your baby grows those pearly whites.

Teething Truths

Teething – it all begins with those bottom two middle teeth. As early as three or four months they’ll peak through the gums and by the time children are three years old, they’ll have a mouth full of pearly whites. And while babies can experience some discomfort, teething does not make a baby ill.

Dr. Saul Greenberg. pediatrician with The Hospital for Sick Children elaborates on some of the teething myths. ‘Actually, I think there’s a bit of a misconception about teething. First of all, lots of babies being to drool and put their hands in their mouth around three to four months of age but that’s not a sign of teething. Most teeth first come out around seven to eight months of age, and again there’s a fallacy about the effects of teething. Teething does not cause significant fever, it does not cause diarrhea, it does not cause significant rashes. If anything, the studies have shown that it may cause a little bit of irritability or decrease in feeding to some extent. But for the most part, most babies don’t have any difficulty with teething at all.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Saul Greenberg, pediatrician with the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.

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