Teething happens when your child’s teeth start to come in. While teething will occur early on, two year molars present a bigger problem. If you’re a parent that thinks molars will be a breeze, you’re in for a surprise.
Dealing with molars and the pain that your child will go through at this time is a major undertaking even for the most patient parent.
Eight molars in total will start to grow, and they’re far more painful than the small teeth that have already started to grow in the past.
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When Will My Child’s Molars Appear?
Your baby’s first molars will start to present themselves between 12 and 18 months. At this time, your baby will likely grow two molars. These are the most painful molars for most babies, and distress levels will be very high.
Sharp teeth, often called canines, are very painful because they’re pointed and will start to break through the gums. Canines will come through between 16 and 20 months.
Two more molars will appear between the age of 20 months and 30 months. These are less painful in most cases, and are what is known as “two year molars.” A good outline of when teething will begin is as following:
- Central: The central incisors (lower) will begin to grow between months 5 and 8, while the uppers will grow at age 6 – 10 months.
- Lateral: The next teeth to grow are lateral incisors. Lowers will grow in between months 7 and 10, while upper lateral incisors will grow in at age 8 – 12 months.
- First Molars: Upper and bottom molars, four in total, will present between 11 and 18 months.
- Canines: The canines will grow in between months 16 and 29.
- Second Molars: The dreaded two year molars will grow in between age 20 and 30 months.
So, mom and dad will have a teething child that goes through these “growing” pains between months 6 and 30. You’ll likely have a few weeks of no pain and a less cranky baby between all of the teeth growing in.
4 Ways to Ease Two Year Molar Pain
No matter the reason, when your child whimpers out in pain, it’s heartbreaking. As a parent, you’ll know that the pain is coming from teething, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have second thoughts.
“Perhaps the pain is coming from something more serious?” This is a question that will run through every mother’s head. And there are times when you’ll want to call your doctor and have your child examined.
But before you go this route, it’s often best to try the following remedies to help alleviate teething pain.
Note: If you’re not sure if it is teething, always consult with your doctor to ensure that your child is healthy.
Any parent that is positive two year molars are the source of the pain can:
1. Try a Cold Treat
Cold compresses are ideal when pain is experienced, but you’ll have a hard time holding cold items on your child’s teeth – especially on the molars. A trick that many mothers use is to feed their child something cold.
A few ideas include:
- Apple sauce
You’ll want to cool these previously. A good idea is to place these items in the freezer for 20 minutes, and make sure that they’re cold yet not frozen. If you do follow this rule, remember that you never want to give your child an ice cube to suck on. Ice cubes can lead to choking, and since your child probably won’t understand what to do with the ice cube, there is a good chance he or she will swallow it.
2. Teething Gel
Teething is not new, and there are a lot of gels on the market and medicines that will help relieve some of your child’s pain. it’s a good idea to rub some of this teething gel on your toddler’s gums to help numb the pain away. You need to rub this gel on your child’s teeth and try to distract him or her afterward.
Babies will often try to lick off the gel if they’re allowed to. So, a good idea would be to rub the gel on the teeth and start playing with your child afterward. Anything you can do to distract your baby while the gel starts to set in is a good idea.
Doctors have parents in their offices every day with teething pain. Medication is readily available that will help ease your baby’s pain. Your doctor will be able to prescribe you medication to give to your child – I recommend drops if possible.
There are over-the-counter options available, but always consult with your doctor prior to ensure that these products are safe for your child.
4. Gum Massage
Mothers that have children with two year molars growing in should massage the child’s gums. Through a massage, you’ll be able to promote blood flow to the gums, which will allow them to heal faster, and you’ll also comfort your child. Breastfeeding is also recommended by many mothers as it helps ease the pain.
A thorough gum massage will be able to alleviate minor pain and discomfort, but it’s recommended that a massage be supplemented with other tips listed.
When to See a Doctor
Your first instinct may be to visit your doctor. After all, your child is crying and very cranky. While you can visit your doctor at this time, there is little that can be done when the molars are growing in. But if you start to notice signs that aren’t similar to what your child exhibited when teething at a younger age, it is recommended to consult with your doctor.
Pain that is intense or simply won’t go away after a few days may need medication to be relieved. As a parent, it’s important to know that two year molars should end the pain that a child has felt from teething.
For most babies, the pain from two year molars will start to dissipate after 3 – 5 days. But as a parent, be prepared for a lot of crying and crankiness from your child at this point.