Easing The Pain From Molar Teething

Two-year molars are the last of your child’s “baby teeth.” Teething is often an unpleasant experience for babies, as well as for parents who can be left feeling helpless to resolve the discomfort.

When my kids all teethed, it was a terrible thing to watch them go through. They were so uncomfortable and nothing seemed to help. If your child is teething, you can try some of the remedies below.

When do babies get their molars?

The molars are the last teeth to come in, and they may come in one at a time. Your child will likely get their first molars first, which are located next to the canine (cuspid) teeth. The second molars are the molars directly behind the first molars, and they will be your child’s furthest back teeth until they get their wisdom teeth (third molars) sometime during their late teens or early adulthood.

While the exact timing of molar eruptions varies, most children get their first molars sometime between 13 and 19 months on top, and 14 and 18 months on the bottom. Your child’s second molars will come in between 25 and 33 months on the top row, and 23 to 31 months on the bottom.

Symptoms of cutting molars

You might notice that the symptoms of cutting molars are similar to other forms of teething. These can include:

  • Irritability

  • drooling

  • chewing on objects and clothing

  • visibly sore, red gums

Despite the similarities, your child might also be able to tell you about their discomfort, unlike infants.

Many toddlers have no signs of discomfort and do not complain of pain when their molars come in. For others, the pain may be worse because molars are bigger than other teeth. Some children may complain of headaches, too.