Q&A: When do babies start teething?

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Question & Answer

Ah, the first gummy grin. It’s enough to melt any parent’s heart. But as your little one continues to grow, that adorable gap is bound to be filled with some shiny new arrivals: teeth! But when exactly can you expect to witness this exciting milestone?

Buckle up, because every baby’s teething journey is as unique as they are.

More of a Marathon than a Sprint

While we wish we could hand you a specific date to mark on your calendar, the truth is, teething timelines vary greatly. I’ts a bit like asking “how long is a piece of string?”, every baby develops at their own pace.

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According to Raising Children Network, most babies sprout their first teeth between 6 and 10 months, but some might wait until closer to their first birthday.

Early Birds and Late Bloomers

While most babies follow the typical timeline, there are always outliers. Some overachievers are born with a couple of teeth (we’ll give you a few moments to get your head around that idea), while others might seem to take forever to break through.

\If your little one hits 18 months still toothless, don’t panic! Consult your doctor to rule out any underlying issues, but in most cases, it’s simply a case of late development.

Teething Doesn’t Always Follow the Script

The classic image of two bottom front teeth emerging might not always hold true. Each little explorer has their own unique path. Some might sprout their top teeth first, while others surprise you with a molar before the incisors even make an appearance. It’s all perfectly normal!

Clues Your Baby is Teething

While excessive drooling is a classic teething symptom, it’s not the only clue your little one might be giving. Keep an eye out for:

  • Fussier than usual: Teething can be uncomfortable, leading to increased fussiness and crankiness.
  • Gum woes: Look for redness, inflammation, or a small bump where the tooth is pushing through.
  • Chewing everything in sight: From fingers and toys to unsuspecting household objects, anything becomes a chewable distraction.
  • Feverish cheeks and slight temperature: This is usually mild and temporary, but if it persists, consult your doctor.
  • Changes in appetite: Some babies might lose interest in solid foods due to gum discomfort.

Keep in mind, that these symptoms can also be signs of other things, so consult your doctor if you’re concerned.

Teething Survival Tips

So, your little one is teething. Here’s how to navigate this stage with love and ease:

  • Offer plenty of cuddles and comfort: Teething can be tough, so extra snuggles and reassurance go a long way.
  • Invest in safe and age-appropriate teething toys: Look for chilled options to numb sore gums.
  • Explore pain relief options: Consult your doctor about safe pain relievers if needed.
  • Be patient and positive: Teething is a temporary phase. Embrace the milestones and cherish those first wobbly smiles!

Remember, every baby’s journey is unique. By understanding the timeline, recognising the signs, and offering comfort and support, you can help your little one navigate this challenging milestone with ease.

Enjoy those first toothless grins, because soon enough, you’ll be witnessing the adorable sight of their very first pearly whites.

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