Baby cutting multiple teeth at once can be a hard time for the whole family.
There are a few things you need to know – and can maybe do, to help bubs through this miserable time. Our resident dentist discusses baby teeth eruption and our community shares their experiences dealing with cutting multiple teeth at once.
Dr Robert Duhig, Dentist (Brisbane) Ahhhh, life with a baby. Is there any sweeter time? Snuggling, gurgling, rolling and playing. And then there’s baby tooth eruption…
When those tiny chompers start to push through, little angels can turn into little monsters. Discomfort and the strange feeling of sharp new chewing tools can be upsetting for your baby. Many new parents are at a loss as to what to do and how to help.
Here are a few things that are useful to understand about baby teeth development.
What’s the timeline for baby teeth eruption?
Babies will all develop their teeth according to their own timelines. Some babies may not experience baby teeth eruption until they are a year old, while some may begin to sprout teeth as early as a few months old.
When teething time is approaching, you may notice that your baby begins to stick more things in his or her mouth. They may be crying and grizzling more than often and there may be the presence of more (a lot more) drool. You’ll learn to pick up on your baby’s teething signals as they mature, but prepare to be pretty confused initially!
How can I help my baby?
There are a number of ways that parents can help soothe the painful symptoms related to baby teeth eruption.
You can try:
- Using a numbing cream on the painful gums. Consult your dentist or pharmacist for appropriate brands.
- Employing the use of pain killers where age appropriate. Again, please consult your medical practitioner prior to suppling your child with medication.
- Letting your baby suck or chew on safe, soothing items such as:
- Frozen teething rings
- Cold fruit
- Safe plastic teething devices
- A cold, damp wash cloth.
Can baby teeth eruption go wrong?
On occasion, you may find that there appears to be a darkened area or spot on a recently erupted tooth. This can be for a variety of reasons but it will generally mean that bacteria have swarmed to the area of the eruption and this has resulted in the production of a very early cavity.
It is important that this be treated as soon as possible to prevent further problems during baby teeth eruption. Ensuring you book an appointment with an experienced, patient and gentle paediatric dentist will mean that your beautiful baby’s tiny teeth are in the safest of hands. Wondering how to tell if your baby is teething? Click here.
This information is provided by Robert Duhig Dental, Brisbane.
Community question: Our 20 week old is cutting multiple teeth at once with 4 teeth coming through. His gums are swollen in a few more places with even more about to pop. Has anyone else had so many come through at the same time?
- Yes our little man got his first 2 teeth at 4 months. At 7 months he had 3 top teeth come through in one day & the 4th came a couple of days later. Everyone keeps saying it’s better to have multiple cut through at one time.. Tabby
- Our first son did the same. Lots at once, and no real pattern. He had 3 coming through at one point, just over a week after cutting his first two. There is no hard and fast for teething. Anything is normal. Alice
- My almost 1 year old has been cutting 6 teeth at once. Lots of cold compresses, Panadol if required, lots of things to chew on. And often I haven’t realised why he has been so upset. Juanita
- My little one gets most of hers in big groups. The first 2 came separately then the next 2 came together, then she got 6 in one go then 8 in the next lot. She only has her 2yo molars to go I swear by the amber necklaces though! It truly made a difference. Alicia
- Yep, 2 bottom ones came in together, then the 2 top, then the next 2 at the top, all at about 6 months. She just got 2 more at the bottom a week before her first birthday. All her teeth came in pairs! Carly
- We had 6 and they were cross cutting. Haven’t had anymore since they came through 3.5 months ago. Sarah-Jane
- Yes, my little man had 8 cut through in the space of 5 weeks! It was a struggle. Thank god for Panadol! Delphine
- My son cut 5 teeth at once followed closely by another 3…….wasn’t a fun time! Put a clean damp face washer in the freezer till it’s nice and cold then let chew on it. The cold will help the pain and the washer is soft so won’t hurt. Rhiannon
- My baby seemed to be teething virtually from birth, she dribbled so much we had to keep plastic backed bibs on her. She got her teeth in groups of and had 12 teeth before she was a year old. If they seem like they’re teething they probably are and I’m a true believer in pain remedies, I kept her dosed up from when the pain was really bothering her until they were through and then after if required because sometimes the cutting is the easier bit and it’s the bit where they really start coming through that’s the painful time. Alex
- My now 11 month old has all her teeth and cutting molars, each kid is different Alice
- My son got 8 teeth in the span of 6 weeks starting at 4 months, once he was done he was fine and didn’t start teething again until he was nearly 15 months old. So he had a nice break—so did I. Hang in there it will end…and it is normal. Jillian
- Yes my little grandson seemed to get 2-3 together and they all came thru close including molars. Thank god for Ashton and Parsons. Never a tear or temp. We just looked and saw them. Barbara