A person can use several home remedies to help relieve discomfort when a child’s 2-year molars come out. However, a person should ask their doctor before using any medications, including those sold over the counter. The latest guidelines recommend brushing a child’s teeth with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste as soon as they come out to prevent tooth decay.

Also known as second molars, 2-year molars are the set of teeth at the back of a child’s mouth. These wide, flat teeth help a child grind food, speak, and smile.

According to the American Dental Association, 2-year molars typically come through when a child is 23-33 months old.

Many toddlers show no signs of pain while teething. However, when these molars come through, it can be particularly painful, leading to crankiness and irritability.

This article can help a person tell when a child’s 2-year molars are coming in and how to reduce the child’s discomfort.

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Getting 2-year molars can cause significant discomfort, and a child may not be able to communicate the cause of the pain.

Parents and caregivers can look for signs of the molars coming in. The child may:

  • chew on toys, their fingers, or clothing
  • drool more than usual
  • be unusually irritable

Research shows teething babies may have a slightly elevated temperature between 36.3 and 37.1°C (97.3-98.7°F) on the day of the eruption. However, this is not a fever.

A child experiencing pain in the gums and mouth may not be inclined to show the area to an adult. Singing a song or playing a game that involves sticking out the tongue and opening the mouth wide can help.

Many simple home remedies can help to relieve teething pain.

The following tips can reduce discomfort:

  • Rubbing the gums with a clean finger.
  • Having the child bite on a cold, wet gauze pad or a washcloth soaked in ice water.
  • Offering teething rings for chewing. A person should check that they are made from rubber and avoid freezing them. Rings that are too hard can hurt the child.
  • Applying moisturizers regularly to the skin around the mouth to prevent cracking and dryness caused by drooling.

Parents and caregivers should always observe children using a teething toy to relieve the pain.

Distraction techniques, such as coloring, singing songs, and dancing, can also help to take a child’s mind off their aching teeth.

Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can also help to reduce discomfort. Be sure to administer pain relievers safe for children, and never give a child more than the recommended dose.

If a parent or caregiver wishes to give the child pain relievers after 2 or 3 days, they should consult a doctor first.

Medications to avoid

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns against using some medications developed for teething.

Many teething gels and pastes are available. However, the FDA and other organizations caution that these can contain harmful ingredients.

For example, they may contain benzocaine, which could cause a blood disorder called methemoglobinemia.

Also, it is important to watch for signs that the medication has numbed the back of the child’s throat. This can cause difficulty swallowing.

Many drugstores sell homeopathic medications that may be labeled as teething tablets. However, the FDA also warns against using these to treat teething pain.

Tooth decay can occur as soon as a child’s teeth come through. For this reason, a person begins brushing their child’s teeth as soon as they are visible. However, a person may want to wait just until a child is no longer uncomfortable before beginning.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that a parent or caretaker begins to brush with fluoride toothpaste as soon as a child’s first tooth comes out.

To brush baby teeth, including molars, a person should use a child-size toothbrush and only a tiny amount of toothpaste the size of a grain or rice.

If the child is cooperative, a person can start flossing their teeth as well.

A person who has not yet taken their child to the dentist when the molars come out should consider scheduling an appointment. A dentist can check the health of a child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth comes out.

To help protect a tot’s teeth, a person should not put the child to bed with a milk bottle.

If home remedies are not relieving 2-year molar pain, it may be a good idea to make an appointment with the child’s doctor.

Teething should not make a child feel ill. Speak with a doctor if the child exhibits any of the following symptoms:

These symptoms can indicate the presence of an underlying illness, such as a viral infection.

The following are additional answers to questions about 2-year molars.

How long does it take for 2-year molars to break through?

The lower set of molars usually appears within the ages of 23-31 months, while the upper set typically appears within the ages of 25-33 months.

Can cutting 2-year molars cause fever?

People commonly believe that teething can cause fever. However, while a rise in body temperature can occur during teething, it is typically under 99°F. Fever is classified as above 100.4°F (38.0°C) Therefore, any child experiencing a higher-grade fever or other symptoms such as an upset stomach may actually have a cold or a stomach-related illness.

Is teething worse at night?

A child’s teething symptoms may grow worse at night when the child is tired and has fewer distractions from the pain.

Baby teeth eventually fall out, but they serve an important purpose. They act as placeholders, preventing the permanent teeth from growing when the mouth is still too small. They also help a child speak, eat, and smile.

Caring for a child with 2-year molar pain can sometimes be difficult. Maintaining the child’s routine as much as possible is important and providing them with plenty of distractions.

Home remedies can help. It is essential to remember that teething pain is temporary and that the child will feel well again once the teeth have fully come in.