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What Age Do Babies Start Teething And How Do You Know?

Having a baby and watching them grow is an exciting experience for all parents. After getting through the 9 months and safely delivering your baby, there is a lot to learn about child growth, and it is important to know what to expect so that you can provide the best care for your child as he/she grows. This is also important as it helps you know if anything is wrong with your child’s growth, for instance, if he/she falls behind the growth schedule. However, it is important to note that there is no definite growth schedule. Different children develop differently; some may be early bloomers while others may be late bloomers. This does not necessarily mean that they have a problem.

Teething usually begins around 6 months of age.

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When do babies start teething?

There is no definite answer to this question. Teeth start forming even before birth. In fact, there have been a few reported cases of babies being born with some teeth already visible. This just shows that teething happens differently for different babies. You can expect the two front teeth on the lower jaw to appear at about 6 months, but they may appear a few months earlier or later. The two front teeth on the upper jaw will appear 1-2 months after the ones on the upper jaw. The rest of the teeth will appear over the next couple of months following a certain order. After the central incisors appear, the lateral incisors will follow, then the canines and finally the molars between 25 and 33 months. By the time your child is 36 months old, he/she should have all 20 deciduous teeth.

Some Things You Need When Teething Starts

Here are some recommended items for your baby to help through the process:

Is My Baby Teething?  Symptoms To Watch For

Teething can be painful and uncomfortable for your baby. The gums may get swollen and sore, causing the baby to become irritable. If you notice your baby biting everything he comes in contact with, such as fingers and toys, this may also be a sign of teething. The baby may have trouble sleeping and refuse to eat and drink because of the pain. The discomfort caused by teething may also make your baby drool more than usual and this may in turn cause a rash on his/her face.

How Painful Is Teething For An Infant?

Well, it definitely isn’t a pleasant feeling!  If you want to help sooth the pain, you can give your baby something cool to bite or rub their gums with your fingers.

When can I give my baby a teether?

At around 4 months, you should be fine.  However, I always recommend to watch your baby and not leave them unattended with a teether.

Why do some babies teeth come in late?

First of all, don’t worry if your baby is late getting teeth.  It is perfectly normal.  However, if your baby still doesn’t have teeth by 18 months, visit your doctor.  They can do a few tests to make sure that there isn’t any medical issues to look into.  They may also do an x-ray to make sure the teeth are in the gums.

Bottom Line

If you know exactly what to expect during teething, you will know what to do to make your baby comfortable, and in turn ensure that you also have an easier time. If you notice any unusual symptoms such as runny nose, fever and diarrhea among others, do not mistake these for signs of teething. Strive to consult your doctor or your local physician to know the way forward. Note that not all babies exhibit the symptoms mentioned above. In fact, teething can sometimes be totally painless for some babies.

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