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.

Read more about Teething at: AboutKidsHealth


Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The Parentguide.ca website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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