What is teething?
Teething is when your baby’s first set of teeth (“baby teeth”) start to appear. Caring for your baby’s teeth begins as soon as the first tooth peeks through your child’s gums. Healthy teeth are an integral part of your baby’s overall health.
Teething can be a tough period both for babies, who feel the pain, and parents, who witness it. They may cry and drool more than usual, may be agitated and cranky. They may sleep poorly while teething. However, most babies seem to get through teething without any symptoms whatsoever. Still, for those who don’t, there are steps you can take that will help both you and your child can get through this stage in good health and spirits.
What you can expect
The first tooth usually appears at about 6 months. Every child develops at a different pace, however, so do not worry if your child’s teeth appear as early as 3 months or as late as 12 months.
The two bottom front teeth (lower central incisors) are usually the first teeth to appear. These are followed by the two top front teeth (upper central incisors). Most children will have all 20 primary (or “baby teeth”) by 3 years of age. Between the ages of 5 and 13, your child will lose the primary teeth to make room for the permanent teeth.
Signs and symptoms
You may not be able to see your baby’s incoming teeth, but your infant will probably feel them and show signs of teething. Signs and symptoms of teething may include:
swollen or red gums
a desire to chew on solid objects
drooling, which may begin about 2 months before the first tooth appears
crankiness, irritability, or bad temper
Teething does not cause fever or diarrhea. If you notice your baby showing these symptoms, contact your doctor right away. In addition, do not assume that crankiness, irritability or bad temper are due to teething.
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