• Teething is the process of teeth breaking through the gums. The first teeth often appear around 6 months of age, but there is a wide range of normal for this process. Some babies start teething as early as 3 or 4 months, others do not start until 12 months. Between 6 and 10 months is usually considered "normal". The signs and symptoms of teething vary from one child to the next but may include drooling (more than usual), red rash or dry skin on cheeks and/or chin (from drooling), swollen gums, fussiness (especially during meals), and sleep problems. Almost all babies want to chew on things when they are teething. Chewing helps the teeth break through the gums, but also helps to reduce the pain. In particular, chewing on cold objects, such as teething toys, frozen washcloths or even pieces of frozen bagel, can help numb the gums and decrease the discomfort of teething. There is considerable debate over whether teething causes fever. Some babies may develop a low-grade fever while teething as a result of an oral viral infection. A high fever or even a low-grade fever that persists should be evaluated by your child's doctor. Occassional sore gums may exist until the age of 3; a cold spoon, teething ring, or a cold wet washcloth or toothbrush may effectively soothe the gums.
  • This is another question where the answer will vary from baby to baby. I know a baby who was born with a tooth, and another who got her first tooth at 4 months. My second baby celebrated his first birthday toothless! He is now 21 months and has only 8 teeth. The upside of this is that he will get his adult teeth at a later age than most which will be good for his future dental hygiene (this is what my dentist has told me!).
  • My son showed signs of teething at 3 months. His 1st tooth ( a molar!) broke through the gums at 4 months. He is now 13 months old and that 1st molar is still only about 1/2 way out of his gums. A child can show symptons of teething (drooling, low tempature, etc.) and then stop and start again several times before a tooth will actually break through. A sure sign for me was when his gums would get white and reddish, and he would chew on my fingers.
  • It varies from baby to baby but my son it was 3 months and it doesnt stop for like a year or so......he has been cranky ever since
  • all babies develop differently. my daughter got her first tooth at 3 months and we were quite surprised. the second tooth came in at 4 months. at a yr she has eight. her teething signs are drooling and chewing tons, sometimes she will get a runny nose.
  • Both mine got thier first teeth at 4 months - both front bottom ones about a day or two apart. They both seemed to cut two teeth at a time. With my first one I was concerned that 4 months was early because I'd heard the earlier they got them they wouldn't be as strong or healthy - but that's either an old wives tale or he is an exception to the rule because he's almost 16 now and he has only had one cavity to date [knock on wood] and he has the nicest, straightest, whitest teeth I think I've ever seen. He lost his baby teeth - well atleast the top two front ones in the first grade - which I think is about the average age - the only way I remember it was because they were missing when he got his pictures taken with Santa and I printed, "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth" onto the back and sent them out with the Christmas cards that year. When you think your baby is teething be sure to have teething ring(s) handy to chew on - those ones with liquid inside them are nice - mine liked it best frozen - they don't take long to freeze once they've thawed but I had a couple so I knew when he started getting cranky one would be available for him - another thing I got that he really liked came as a toothbrush set - there was a baby sized tooth brush, another deal on a handle that had a rubber or plastic tip to it with textures on it that would feel good for him to bite down on and the coolest one was this plastic or rubber finger tip thing that I'd put onto my finger and sometimes if he was extra crabby a bit or baby teething gel and then I'd stick it into his mouth and press down a little while I massaged his gums for him. Once he got his first teeth I stuck the toothbrush by the tub and bath stuff and while he's taking his bath he brushes his teeth [no toothpaste] sucking on a washcloth I've heard is just like brushing teeth when they just have thier first front few.
  • it can start anytime - some babies are even born with teeth, so there' sno minimum age! :-(
  • The Teething Process Teething can begin as early as 3 months and continue until a child’s third birthday. Typically between the ages of 4 and 7 months, you will notice your child’s first tooth pushing through the gum line. The first teeth to appear are usually the two bottom front teeth, also known as the central incisors. These are usually followed 4 to 8 weeks later by the four front upper teeth (central and lateral incisors). About 1 month later, the lower lateral incisors (the two teeth flanking the bottom front teeth) will appear. Next to break through the gum line are the first molars (the back teeth used for grinding food), then finally the eyeteeth (the pointy teeth in the upper jaw). Most children have all 20 of their primary teeth by their third birthday. (This is a general rule; if your child experiences significant delay, speak to your child’s doctor.)
  • my son is 2 months and 6 days old today (lol) and is showing signs of teething. he is restless, fussing, seems to be going off his feeds (hardly finishes them gets cranky after a bit), pulls his ears and tries to claw his jawline, and stuffing his hands in his mouth during his crying fits mainly. otherwise he is a happy chappy lol! i've felt in his mouth and can feel little bumps on his bottom gum at the front...and can see what looks like teeth starting to come up. thing is there is not much i can do at his age? as he only has milk and doesn't hold things very well....may be too young for teething gel too. any advice on the would be good...wasn;t expecting him to start teething just yet, was wondering why he was so whingy and last 2 days he has been screaming alot.
  • Some babies are born with teeth others will start teething as early as three months usually between six and nine months is the norm I believe.
  • My Daugher will be a 5 weeks old on Sept 29th, and she is all ready staring to show signs of teething, droolin, fussiness, wanting to chew on things( her fingers, our finger, Dumb tit, etc.) i though this was impossible but i guess if a baby can be born with teeth then nothing is impossible.
  • my daughter got her first tooth at 6 months, but it really is different for every kid.
  • Well my son just turned two months but he is already teething he became really fuzzy the last few days and started drooling a lot and always has his hands in his mouth he even got loose stool witch I heard can also be a sign of teething. Every baby is different I even heard that it depend on the intake of calcium a women got while pregnant if she got a lot the baby would teeth sooner and it can be true because I craved a lot of cereal and took calcium vitamins
  • It depends on every baby but usually around 6 to 9 months
  • My son is 3 months old and already has one tooth and is starting to get his 2nd tooth. Fussy, Fussy, Fussy!
  • My nephew is 8 months and has 7 teeth already! He got his first one at 5 months and they've been appearing ever since! He's got 4 top and 3 bottom and has more coming though so he's chewing everything! (Still hasn't got much hair though...a toothy baldy man!)
  • Anywhere from birth (yes, some babies are born with teeth!) and there's no reason to worry about a toothless grin until about 12 months old. And even then, it's probably no big deal.
  • My daughter is 3 months and 3 weeks and she is starting to teeth. She is fussy, drools alot, and is more cranky at meal times. If it is going to be anything like our experience with my son, who is now 4, there will be exaserbations and remissions as far as the crankiness is concerned. There were days when there would be no sign of discomfort followed by days of crankiness and it usually took several of these combined episodes before we ever saw a tooth. Infant tylenol and infant motrin is a big help. You can often plan your administration of a medicine to precede a feeding by approximately one hour, and this seems to help them be more comfortable while they are eating. Motrin, because of its anti-inflamatory properties, seems to work better for this. Good luck.

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