When Do Babies Start Teething?
Teething is a milestone in your babies life that every parent dreads. It is a slow and arduous process that causes sleepless nights for both you and your child. It is never pleasant to see your baby in pain. When you combine your babies anguish with sleep deprivation, the result can be one of the most challenging times of your life.
Did you know that babies actually develop tiny tooth buds while in the womb? These tiny little teeth will slowly protrude through your babies gums starting at about 6 months. They can also come as early as 4 months or as late as a year depending on the development of your child.
What is teething?
Teething is the process of your baby developing their first teeth. These baby teeth are known as primary teeth. Another common name for your babies first nashers is milk teeth.
As you know, all babies are not created equal. I have twins and our babies could not react more different when it comes to teething. My daughter Mathilda is super chilled and sleeps through every night despite teething. My son Max, on the other hand, wakes up almost every night screaming in agony from the pain of teething.
When do babies start teething?
These tiny little teeth will slowly protrude through your babies gums starting at about six months.Your babies teeth can also come as early as four months or as late as one year depending on the development of your child.
When do babies start teething?
This is the question that parents really should be asking. When will my baby stop teething? When am I going to sleep again? Will I get my old sleeping pattern back? I cannot answer all of these questions. I can reassure you however that teething will not last forever. There are always exceptions but most babies will have completed the teething process by the age of three.
When do babies start teething? 3 Top Tips from Dr Paul S. Casamassimo, Paediatric dentist and chief policy analyst for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
I would like to thank Dr Paul S. Casamassimo, Paediatric dentist and chief policy analyst for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He gave me some very useful information that will help all parents with children that are teething.
Tip 1. When should I start brushing my babies teeth? How should they do it?
Start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they come in, at least twice a day with a toothbrush designed for small children. After breakfast and before bed are the best times. Parents should use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste on the brush. The brushing has limited benefit, especially in young children who are largely immune to gum disease. Plaque removal is a hygiene function of brushing, but only with fluoride toothpaste does brushing have an anti-cavity benefit.
Tip 2. Why should they start brushing their teeth?
Because babies can get cavities. For example, when a child is given a bottle with sugar-containing drinks such as milk, formula or fruit juice, the teeth are under attack by bacterial acid for extended periods. This can cause cavities in babies called “early childhood caries,” formerly known as “baby bottle tooth decay. If you put your baby to sleep with a bottle, use nothing but water.
Tip 3. What can happen if you do not brush your babies’ teeth with fluoride toothpaste?
They are at risk for teeth decay. Here are some facts about the importance of good oral health for babies:
•Early childhood caries compromises the health, development and quality of life of young children.
•Most parents don’t know that dental caries makes a child more vulnerable to problems in other parts of the body, affects eating, and can cause chronic pain that affects development.
•Dental disease has a negative impact on a child’s capacity to learn, speak clearly, receive adequate nutrition, or even get a good night’s sleep.
•A child with a healthy mouth has an easier time eating, speaking, sleeping, playing, going to school and paying attention in class.
What cannot be emphasized enough is the importance of a dental home for a baby. We encourage parents to take their baby to see a pediatric dentist by the first birthday or six months after the first tooth comes in. This will ensure that they are armed with the right information to help prepare their child for a healthy smile for a lifetime.
For more on “When do babies start teething? ” parents should visit mychildrensteeth.org to learn more about the importance of early oral care for kids.
When do babies start teething? A Time Frame
Your child’s teeth will usually, but not always, come in the following order:
The Upper Teeth – When do babies start teething?
- 8-12 Months – The Central Incisors
- 9-13 Months – Lateral Incisor
- 16-22 months – Canine
- 13-99 months – The first molars
- 25- 33 months – The second molars
The Lower Teeth – When do babies start teething?
- 6-10 months – Incisors
- 10-16 months – Incisors
- 17-23 months – Canine
- 14-18 months – Molar
- 23 – 32 months – Molar
When do babies start teething? The 12 Signs & Symptoms of Baby Teething
1.Biting more than usual
As Your baby starts to develop their first set of tiny teeth they will feel pressure on their gums. This comes from the teeth slowly trying to find their way through. The pressure from the teeth can be relieved by counter pressure. This can come in the form of biting or chewing. You will notice that your baby begins to teeth on just about everything they can get their mouth on. Edges of beds, tables, toys and even fingers. Do not be alarmed by this behaviour it is completely normal. There are many baby teething toys that will help to ease your baby’s pain.
2.Swollen and inflamed gums
When your baby is teething you may notice that he or she has puffy or swollen gums. The pressure of the teeth pushing through can cause the gum to become inflamed and look bruised or raw. If you can manage to get your baby to hold his or her mouth open for longer than a millisecond you see the tooth bulging through the gum.
My children both suffered from a mild fever when teething. Albeit only slight their body temperatures were a higher than normal while teething. Although some doctors disagree with that a temperature can coincide with teething many parents beg to differ
When your little one’s teeth are breaking through the gums it is uncomfortable on many levels. The pressure and the pain in gums cause your baby to drool. This excess drool can cause chafing. Your baby may also break out in a facial rash.
Quite often when your baby is teething they can suffer from Diahorrea. If there is an absence of fever, he/she is sleeping well and has not tried any new foods then the diarrhoea is more than likely from teething.
Teething is very irritating for your baby and it may be the reason for the unexplained tear. Contrary to common belief your babies “milk teeth” do not cut through his/her gums. Instead of cutting through the gums, hormones are released that cause cells in the gums to die to allow the teeth to come through. While this process is irritating it is not actually painful. The pain comes from the irritation that goes hand in hand with teething.
7.Teeth protruding through the Gums
This is the most blatantly obvious of all the symptoms of your baby teething. From the fourth month on you may see a little tiny rice grain shaped white mark on your babies gum. Initially, this may be hard to attribute to teeth but in time this rice grain will grow into a fully fledged baby tooth.
8.Coughing and or gagging
Coughing and or gagging are sure signs that your little one may be teething. The coughing and gagging are not as a direct result of the teeth but rather the excess saliva that collects in their mouth and flows into their throat.
9.Drooling like crazy
After birth, your baby will drool and slobber like a hungry dog. As they learn to control their swallowing ability they drool dissipates. Thee drool stops until about 4 months late when they start teething. Your babies body will create saliva to lubricate their tender gums.
10.Interrupted Sleeping patterns
You once had a baby that slept through the night. You told your friends how easy it is to be a parent and how you are sleeping well. Then suddenly you were made to eat your words. Your baby started teething and boom, you’re surviving on only 4 hours of broken sleep per night. It is not your babies fault the discomfort of teething causes discomfort which means interrupted sleep. This can come in three forms. Sleeping later, waking up in the middle of the night or waking up earlier. Hopefully, not all three.
It is very common for teething babies to flat out refuse food. Their mouth is irritated and in pain and feeding just causes further discomfort. It may be difficult but you have to make sure that your baby is eating enough no matter how irritated they are.
12.Pulling of ears and rubbing of chin and cheeks
When your baby is teething they will feel a lot of pressure on their jaw and face. To counteract the feeling of pressure they will pull their ears, rub their jaw and press their chin. My son tends to punch himself in the face like a boxer preparing for a fight. Tips and tricks to alleviate the pain.
Natural Teething Remedies( that really help your Baby)
When your baby is teething their gums can often become inflamed. You want to do everything in your power to reduce the pain. A natural way to reduce the discomfort is by reducing the inflammation. This can be done in a number of ways.
Firstly, there are foods that you want to avoid and foods that you want to increase. Foods that can increase inflammation include dairy, processed foods, processed sugars, pasta and rice. Foods that will decrease inflammation are lean protein, fresh fruit & veg, Omega-3 fatty acids, whole grains, dark leafy greens like kale, ginger, turmeric and garlic.
Secondly, you need to do your best to decrease stress levels. In addition to eating well and breastfeeding you need to make sure that your baby is getting both enough exercise and rest. Decreased stress will help to reduce the inflammation that your baby has to cope with.
2.Boost the immune system
When your baby is teething they may also suffer from a fever. When your baby has a fever their immune system will be weaker than normal. It is important for you to try and boost your babies immune system to ensure that they do are not dealing with teething and cold. There are many ways of naturally boosting your babies immune system. These include breastfeeding, giving your baby organic baby Vitamin D supplements and baby probiotics
3. Teething Toys
You will notice that when your baby is teething they will try to munch on just about anything. This is a natural reaction to try and relieve the discomfort of teething. Luckily, their bed or the table is not the only thing that they have to chew on. There is an array of options for your baby to chew on that will help a lot. There are many different types of wooden teething rings and non-toxic silicone teething toys to help you both cope with the pain.
Using cold to help your baby when he or she is teething is not just an old wives tale. It is a very effective way of soothing the pain that goes hand in hand with teething. Not only is natural but is one of the most cost-effective ways of helping to ease the pain of your babies sore gums. There are many frozen teething toys that will certainly help you and your baby out. You will be happy to know that you do not have to break the bank to use cold as a relief. Simply freezing a wet cloth, spoon or pretty much any (non-dangerous) household item to help reduce the swelling. Another great option is cold apple(or any fruit) puree.
Applying something cold to help numb the gums is very effective and soothing for teething pain. There are several easy and virtually free ways to do this with things you probably already have in your home.
5.Homeopathic and Herbal Remedies
I am not a believer in giving babies drugs or any other painkillers to soothe a babies pain. There are numerous homoeopathic and herbal remedies that are safer and healthier for your child. Chamomile is very relaxing for your baby and it can be consumed in many ways. It can be sipped in Chamomile tea or taken as an essential oil. Essential oils can be added to your babies drink. There are also homoeopathic teething tablets that will help provide great relief for your baby’s sore gums
Thanks for taking the time to read this guide. I hope it helped you out. I would love to hear from you about other remedies that you have used to help teething babies.