Teething in babies, a full guidebook

Teething in babies is one of the most important stages of growth. As parents, we should have proper knowledge of teething. Teething can be uncomfortable and the more you know about it, the better you can help your  child get through it. In this article, we will discuss all the common queries relating to the same.

Teething baby age

The teething baby age is commonly one year. However, the first tooth erupts from 6 to 12 months. Many babies show signs of teething as early as 3 months. Others may not show symptoms even after 9 months. We should not worry in either case. Teething may vary from infant to infant. However, if the baby is showing no signs even after I year, consult your pediatrician. The full set of teeth grows by the age of 3.

Symptoms of teething

It may be an important milestone in a baby’s life but certainly not a comfortable one. An infant may typically show the following symptoms:

  • Irritable behavior
  • Crankiness
  • Drooling
  • Tendency to bite things
  • Change in eating and sleeping pattern
  • Slight rise in body temperature (teething fever)
  • Greenish potty
  • Swollen/ sore gums

The above mentioned symptoms are the most common ones. However, if the baby shows the following signs, do consult your child’s pediatrician,

  • Excessively high fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Rashes

Teething gums appearance

During teething, your baby’s gums may become pink, especially around molars. Generally the first tooth to appear is the bottom incisor. A small white but may appear at the bottom gum. You can feel the tooth’s hardness by pressing your clean finger against the gums.

Soothing sore gums

The infant usually gets irritated when the tooth tries to appear. They get cranky and develop biting tendency. This is because of the sore gums. We can offer various gums soothing techniques:

  • Massage the gums with a clean finger, a small cool spoon, or a moist gauze pad
  • A clean teether to chew helps a lot
  • Cooled pacifier
  • Drying the drool
  • Offer hard food like carrot, apple, etc.
  • Keep the gums cool by a cooled cotton gauze

Staged of teething

Generally, there are 5 stages of teething:

Stage 1

  • 0-6 months
  • Babies are born with a full set of milk teeth beneath the gums

Stage 2

  • 6 months
  • first, the two middle teeth at the bottom come out
  • then the two middle teeth at the top
  • further, two teeth on either side of the top teeth
  • lastly, two teeth on either side of the bottom teeth

Stage 3

  • 10-18 months
  • upper first molars
  • followed by lower first molars

Stage 4

  • 16-22 months
  • upper canine
  • lower canine

Stage 5

  • 25-33 months
  • lower second molar
  • upper second molar

Taking care of baby teeth

You can read about taking care of the baby teeth in this article:

How to brush your baby’s teeth