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Is A Baby Ready For Solid Food Once The First Tooth Erupts?

Posted on 1/20/2018 by Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Office
Tooth Eruption Lindsey A. Robinson DDS Pediatric and Endodontic Dentistry CA 95945-7224The first tooth appears between six months and 1 year. This is a significant milestone for many parents and can be an exciting time.

However, this is the period of time that parents may start to see the first signs of teething problems.

Other than fussiness, a teething baby may have red cheeks, or a fever. There are a few common mistakes that new parents often make at this stage. Here are some and how to avoid them.


Most parents assume that the appearance of the first tooth is a sign that the baby needs to be weaned. However, there isn't a specific time when the tooth appears. It can appear within the first few months and sometimes it will take longer than a year.

Some parents misinterpret a child's biting as a sign that the child is ready for solids. Even though some children with teething problems are at a stage where they are ready for solid foods, problems associated with teething are not reliable signs.

A baby is born with a sucking reflex. Before a baby is ready to eat solid food they rely on the tongue extrusion reflex. This means when you attempt to put food in the baby's mouth, they stick their tongues out. A child who is ready can sit upright and control their head.

Is there a connection between diarrhea and teething? Some parents think there is. Most parents have noted a curious coincidence between teething and diarrhea or baby rash. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics says there is no direct connection between the two.

It is probably as a result of the baby swallowing too much saliva, which can trigger stomach upset. However, if your child is teething and they have stomach problems, you should make a point of visiting a doctor so that the doctor can rule out other causes.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (530) 272-5522 today.
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Endodontics Dentistry: Steve Murphy, DMD

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