When Do Babies Start Teething?

Many babies start teething at 7 months. Yet some babies might teeth as early as 4 months and others might show their first teeth after their first birthday.

Which Tooth Should I Expect First?

Usually baby’s two central bottoms or two central tops appear first.

Teething Signs

Babies teething symptoms vary. Your baby may experience some or most of these symptoms.

  • Drooling
  • Swelling gums
  • Rubbing gums with their finger
  • Chewing behavior
  • Chewing toys
  • Rubbing ears
  • Fussiness
  • Crying
  • Decreased appetite
  • Mild fever
  • Rash around mouth
  • Runny nose
  • Loose stool
  • Diaper rash
  • Sleep issues

 

How Can I Help My Baby Feel Better While Teething?

  • Let your baby chew a clean and safe cold teething ring
  • Rub and press your baby’s gums using your finger.
  • Feed your baby cold drinks or foods like fruit purees.
  • After consulting the physician, rub a numbing gel on your baby’s gums.
  • If your baby was in lots of pain ask the doctor to prescribe a mild pain reliever like paracetamol.
     

Cleaning Teeth

Using a clean wet cloth, wipe your baby’s gums and teeth twice a day or use a special baby toothbrush to clean teeth.
 

What order of Teeth Should I Expect?

Usually the order of teeth appearance is as follows:

  1. Central incisors usually at 8-12 months
  2. Lateral incisors usually at 9-13 months
  3. First molars usually at 13-19 months
  4. Canines usually at 16-22 months
  5. Second molar at 25-33 months