Teething occurs when the baby teeth or milk teeth come through the gums. It is a normal part of development.
Most babies get their first tooth at around 6 months but your child’s teeth may appear early as 3 months or appear late as 14 months.
General Teething Timeline
- Lower central incisors (2) at approximately 6 month.
- Upper central incisors (2) at approximately 8 months.
- Upper lateral incisors (2) at approximately 10 months.
- Lower lateral incisors (2) at approximately 10 months.
- First molar (4) at approximately 14 months.
- Canines (4) at approximately 18 months.
- Second molars (4) at approximately 2-3 years.
Milk teeth tends emerge sooner in females than in males.
Symptoms can last for some days, right around the time a new tooth is emerging or for as long as some months if a lot of teeth come through all at once. Teething doesn’t cause any noticeable signs at all for some babies.
Common signs of teething
- Swollen,bulging gums
- A tooth visible below the gum
- Trouble sleeping
- Trying to bite, chew, and suck on everything.
- Rejecting food
- Grabbing his/her ears and cheek rubbing
- Teething rash
What is not from teething
My baby’s pediatrician made me understand that if a baby has diarrhea, fever or a running nose, don’t dismiss it as a sign of teething especially if the symptoms last longer than 24 hours. So many mothers have lost their little ones simply because they believed stooling or vomiting is associated with teething.
Helpful Teething Remedies
- A wet, frozen washcloth (leave one end dry so as he/she can get a good grip).
- Chewing on a chilled fruit or vegetables may help.
- Gently rubbing over the affected gum with your clean finger may ease the pain.
- If your baby is in pain with teething, then giving paracetamol may help. This should be given at the recommended doses for their age.
- Teething biscuits
Note that teething process last about two years but after the first few teeth come in, the process tends to be much less painful.
Once the first tooth appears, try to start cleaning it two times daily by gently rubbing with a washcloth.