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Reasons for Late Teething

by Jenivieve Elly

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.

Hereditary

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.

Nutrition

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

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.

About the Author

Jenivieve Elly has been an entertainment writer since 2006 and also has experience in public relations. She writes for Right Celebrity and its sister websites, serving as senior marketing consultant and fashion editor. Elly holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of South Florida.

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