If your child is 13 months or older and is till flaunting a gummy grin, he is considered a later-teether. While it might be difficult as a parent to see your little guy toothless while all the other toddlers have popped out at least a few teeth, this usually isn't cause for concern. Several factors go into late tooth development, including hereditary issues. Exploring your background as well as talking with your pediatrician can help you stay well-informed and less uneasy.
Teething issues can be as simple as "it runs in the family." It is a simple explanation, and is no cause for concern. Your child might be predisposed to it, and it can come from either side of the family. Check your family history; if either parent teethed late as a baby, then it has been handed down to their child.
In some instances, nutrition could be a reason for late teething. A diet lacking in vitamin A, C, D, phosphorus and calcium could result in a deficiency. While one of the symptoms of a poor diet is late teething, it is usually accompanied by other signs such as being underweight, having weaker limbs and not reaching developmental milestones.
Hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid gland, might be the culprit of delayed teething. While some of the other justifications might be a bit harder to distinguish, hypothyroidism has several tell-tale signs. Aside from developmental problems such as delayed walking, delayed talking, being overweight and late teething, hypothyroidism can also have symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, headaches and stiffness in the joints.
Consult Your Peditrician
If your child has hit the 13-month-old mark and late teething doesn't run in the family, it is time to get with your pediatrician. She can help determine whether the teething problem stems from poor nutrition, hypothyroidism or some other cause.
- Kirace.com: The Truth About Late Teething
- KidsHealth.org; Thyroid Disorders; Steven Dowshen, MD; February 2012
- GYNOB.com; Early And Late Teething; April 1, 2009
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