When Do Babies Start Teething?
Are you worried about your baby's teething period? We understand that teething can be a great source of anxiety and stress for many parents and guardians. Hopefully, this blog will put your mind at ease and answer those questions and concerns.
When you think about your baby’s first tooth appearing, you should know that all babies experience teething differently; therefore, there is no rigid timeline that ALL babies follow, so don’t worry!
When Does teething begin?
Teething most often starts when your baby is four to eight months old. You will first notice the front lower teeth, and the rest will soon follow. The teething period will continue until your baby is a year and a half to two years old (average 30-36 months old).
The teething period is not comfortable for the child; you can expect irritability, pain, swelling, crying, and a lot of troubled sleep; this is true for most babies and some parents as well!
Here are some common symptoms and indications of teething:
- Loss of appetite
- Cheek rubbing
- Pulling of ear
- Rash near mouth
- Mild fever
- Inflammation of gums
How to prepare yourself?
There are several baby teething remedies you can try help your teething baby
- Cuddle: This can immensely help your child feel better and will inherently soothe their pain. Spend extra time cuddling and giving warm hugs to your baby. Give comfort and love to your baby by being present in their time of need.
- Teething Toys: You can find a range of teething toys such as chewing beads and rings to make them an outlet to chew and gnaw on. Moreover, you could also give something cold that will remove the burning irritability in their mouths. For example, make a DIY Popsicle with nutritious ingredients.
- Rub their Gums: Usually, the pain of new molars arriving travels from the gums to the babies' ears and cheeks, which causes them to rub these areas frequently. You can help your baby by rubbing their gums with a clean finger gently for a minute or two.
- Contact Pediatrician: If any of the symptoms mentioned above are persistent and increasing in severity, the next best thing to do is contact your child's pediatrician immediately. This will help clear out any major concerns and rule out other illnesses that could be causing these symptoms.
- Fluoride: You could add this mineral to your child's daily intake when they are about 5-6 months old. This will help build your baby's teeth enamel and prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is usually found in tap water; however, consult your pediatrician about the extent of consumption and if your baby needs fluoride supplements.
- Dental Appointments: Make sure you visit the dentist as soon as the first tooth has appeared. Of course, this is excellent news! But it's always better to gain professional advice and counsel about taking proper care of your baby's teeth and oral hygiene for future references.