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Two-Year Molars?

My two-year-old is getting his molars and he’s miserable! Is there anything we can do?

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My two-year-old is getting his molars and he’s miserable! Is there anything we can do?

The Bump Expert

Most toddlers get their last baby teeth (the four “second molars”) some time between 20 and 33 months. Unfortunately, cutting these teeth can be painful, since they’re some of the largest, and it can mess with your child’s sleep, keeping him up at night. Luckily the pain won’t last that long, usually just a couple of days or so.

You can give him a pain-reliever like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) to help reduce some of the pain. Also, give him something to gnaw on, such as a teething ring or a cold or warm washcloth to provide some relief. Just avoid using topical medications -- they can numb the back of the throat and cause difficulty swallowing.

Plus, More from The Bump:

How to Brush Your Toddler's Teeth

When to Visit the Dentist

Why Are Baby's Teeth Coming in Crooked?

Hannah Chow-Johnson, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and pediatrician at Loyola University Health System

Two-Year Molars?

You should be attentive to the baby's diet and general health. Don't give him medication if a pyhiscian hasn't seen him yet. Also, do regular visits to the baby's doctor and an annual visit to the dentist is more than necessary. Anyone interested in finding the best dental clinic will find more information at http://midlothiandentalarts.net.

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