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During your baby’s first year, you will notice a lot of changes and developmental milestones, both physically and mentally. One of the most important changes an infant goes through is the process of teething.
We all can’t wait for our little ones’ first tooth to erupt. While teething and its symptoms differ from one child to another, most children develop the same teething symptoms and start teething at the same time.
This article will help guide you through your baby’s teething process.
When does teething start?
Teething can start anytime between 3-14 months of age, depending on your child of course. Not all babies start teething at the same time, but most babies start at around 6-12 months old.
What are the symptoms of teething?
Your baby can start teething symptoms up to two months before his/her first tooth erupts, but during the few days before the eruption, they may suffer other symptoms.
- Sore gums
- Bringing hands close to the mouth
- Slight rise in temperature (less than 38.3 degrees Celsius)
- Pulling on ears
- Refusing to eat/breastfeed/bottle feed
- Frequent night waking
- Coughing/gag reflex
Is there a certain order for teething?
The order your baby’s teeth erupt is as follows: (Sometimes the sequence changes which is usually not a source of concern)
- 6 months: You can expect to see the first two central incisors (front teeth) in your child’s lower jaw.
- 8 months: The top central incisors come in.
- 10 months: Lateral (side) incisors will emerge in both the lower and upper jaw at around the same time.
- 14 months: Expect your child’s first molars.
- 18 months: your baby’s canines will erupt.
- 24 months: Second molars should erupt.
What remedies should I give to my teething baby?
- Teethers: The process of biting on something will definitely relieve your baby’s teething pain.
- Cold food/drinks: If your baby is over six months old, you can offer them cold water or cold food such as yogurt or a cold carrot stick to munch on as a form of relief.
- Pain reliever: If you feel like your baby is in severe pain, ask your pediatrician if you can give a pain reliever.
Further reading: 8 Mistakes Parents Make to Ruin their Baby’s Sleep