Each baby is different and develops at a different pace, so this is a rough outline of when your baby’s teeth will begin to appear.

Baby teething

The process for getting teeth is pretty amazing! Before a baby is even born their tooth buds have already formed under the gums. And every once in a while a baby is born with teeth peeking out.

Keep in mind, this is a rough outline of when a baby’s teeth will begin to appear. That is because every baby is different.

When Does Teething Begin?

Teething typically begins between 4 to 7 months of age. You will notice that your baby’s gums will be red and slightly swollen where the teeth are cutting through. The lower central incisors, or the bottom middle teeth, are generally the ones to break through first and they usually arrive at about the same time.

Next, between 8 to 12 months of age, the upper central incisors, or upper middle teeth, will begin to appear. Then, from ages 9 to 16 months, both the top and bottom teeth that are next to both sets of middle teeth begin to emerge.

As your child grows into a toddler years, more changes begin. From 13 to 19 months, the first molars appear on both the top and bottom and they typically arrive at about the same time. The cuspid teeth, which are the sharp, pointed teeth, begin to emerge between 16 to 23 months of age.

If your baby hasn’t cut any teeth by the time he or she is 12 months, you should mention it to your pediatrician. However, don’t panic, some children are just late in getting teeth and catch up just fine.

Finally, from 23 to 31 months, the second molars on the bottom will begin to appear.

What are Teething Symptoms?

There are a lot of opinions about whether or not teething actually causes fever, fussiness, or discomfort in babies. Afterall, a tiny baby is not able to tell you that it hurts.

Many parents say that teething causes discomfort to their babies but it seems that some babies have no problems with teething at all. Here are some of the symptoms generally associated with teething:

  • Drooling
  • Swelling and sensitivity of gums
  • Gnawing or chewing on things
  • Fussiness or irritability
  • Problems with sleeping

While some say that a runny nose, fever, or loose stools are a symptom, most experts disagree. If you have any questions regarding your baby’s health, contact your pediatrician.

Posted by Christiane Grau

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