Your 33-month-old: Teething's last gasp

Your 33-month-old: Teething's last gasp

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Your 2-year-old now

Your child's last baby teeth – four "second molars" – usually appear between 20 and 33 months. The most common signs of teething are gum irritation, irritability, and drooling. Molars tend to be especially painful because they're so large. Even a good sleeper may wake up crying in the night. There are several strategies for relieving teething pain. For example, chill a wet washcloth in a clean plastic bag in the refrigerator. Remove the washcloth from the bag and let your child chew on it. The fabric will massage your child's gums while the cold numbs the pain.

Your life now

Bed-wetting can disrupt the whole family's sleep. Even if your child is mostly potty trained during the day, nighttime dryness will happen only when his body is ready, which may take months, or even years. This is normal.

The important thing to remember is that bed-wetting is involuntary – your child can't control it. Just like the timing of his first tooth, nighttime dryness is a physical development that can't be rushed.

Although you can't prevent your child from wetting the bed, you can deal with a wet bed faster and get back to sleep sooner if you're prepared for nighttime accidents. Have your child wear training pants or washable or disposable underwear designed for kids who wet the bed, and always keep clean sheets and pajamas handy for quick changes.

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