16 Month Old Teething

Updated on January 27, 2009
C.K. asks from Worcester, MA
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My 16 month old has been later than her older sister was in getting her teeth, which I know is normal but they seem to be coming in an odd order. She's gotten her top and bottom incisors but now seems to be getting her first molars and is skipping her lateral incisors and canines? Is that normal. Also I remember my older daughter getting diarrhea but has anyone's experienced the opposite. For the past few days while she has been uncomfortable with these teeth she has been EXTREMELY constipated. There hasn't been a significant change in her liquid intake or diet. Any ideas? Thanks!

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answers from Springfield on

The normal teething order according to Dr. Sears Baby Book is 6-12 months incisors, 12-18 months first molars, 18-24 months canine teeth, and 24-30 months two year molars so if she's getting her molars right now she is right where she should be if she has her four top and four bottom.



answers from Hartford on

My almost 18 m.o. son is doing the same thing. He has the top four, but only 3 on the bottom, and now is getting molars before the 4th bottom one is through. He has also been going back and forth from diarrhea to constipation, switching every other day. I'd say it's pretty normal though.



answers from New London on

Are you looking for advise on the constipation?? If she is really constipated a little MOM (milk of magnesia) in the morning works really well. But you should also make sure that she is eating lots of fruits and fiber. I still give my 20 month old lots of babyfood fruits like pears, peaches, applesauce, etc. As well as cut up fruit. Adding a little juice to her water, may help as well. Give her a high fiber cereal and keep her well hydrated.



answers from Providence on

i don't know whether it's "normal" or not, but just wanted to let you know that my 15 month dd's teeth are doing the exact same thing. seriously, her first molar cut through yesterday (and she has been a pill all day yesterday and today). she used to only have the top-front two and the bottom-front two. i don't think it's THAT uncommon for the teeth to come out of order.



answers from Boston on


My 19 MO daughter had her four front teeth until about 16-17 mos and then got two molars (one top one bottom) and then got another front top tooth, then another molar on top and then another bottom front tooth, so now she has three each on top and bottom on the front and her top molars and one bottom one. She will get diarrhea about 2-3 days prior to cutting a tooth - anyone will tell you it's not related, but I'm convinced it is and their diet has nothing to do with it. Heck, I'm thankful she got her molars before the others because a) they're the most painful and I'm glad she's getting it over with and b) she can really chew her food now!

Enjoy this stage, and give lots of mommy love - it won't last long.
Best, L.

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