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    A Parent's Guide to Teething Symptoms, Age, Chart & Remedies

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    A Parent's Guide to Teething Symptoms, Age, Chart & Remedies

    Updated on 31 May 2024

    As a parent, you eagerly wait for all your baby’s first milestones, from the first smile to the first tooth. While spotting a baby first tooth can be exciting for parents, it can be a painful process for babies. Knowing when do babies start teething, some common baby teething symptoms and baby teething remedies can help you provide the best care for your little one when their teeth erupt.

    Teething Meaning

    Teething is when a baby’s milk or primary teeth erupt or come through their gums. It is also known as “cutting” of the teeth and is medically called odontiasis. Interestingly, these primary set of teething start to form during pregnancy itself but their eruption takes place later.

    When Do Babies Start Teething?

    Not all babies get their first tooth around the same time, but a general timeline of tooth eruption is 4-10 months. You can expect your baby’s first tooth to appear around 6 months of age. And you can expect baby teething symptoms several days before your baby’s tooth erupts.

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    Teething Symptoms

    Just as the time a baby starts teething differs among babies so do the symptoms. While some babies may feel no pain, some might experience tender gums and pain that can last for weeks. Here are some common signs baby is teething:

    1. Rubbing their gums

    Although babies are known to put things in their mouth, rubbing things or fingers on their gums might be a telltale sign of teething. You may also notice your little one bringing their hands to mouth and rubbing the cheek and ear region.

    2. Increased drooling

    Drooling is another telling sign of teething. Some babies drool so much that they may even soak their clothes and develop a rash from all that excess moisture. So, ensure you keep your baby’s mouth and chin dry and change their clothes if they’re soaked.

    3. Swollen or red gums

    As the teeth move beneath the surface of the gums before they erupt, the gums may appear red or swollen.

    4. Crankiness

    If your baby is otherwise healthy and displays uncharacteristic crankiness, it might be that their teeth are erupting.

    5. Decreased sleep

    Babies often become restless during the teething process and may find it hard to sleep due to the discomfort and pain.

    6. Loss of appetite

    If your baby suddenly decides to go on a feeding strike, teething might be the reason. They might find it irritating to eat with sore gums and decide to refuse food altogether.

    7. Mild rash

    You may also notice a mild rash around your baby’s mouth while they’re teething. This is not a direct result of teething but caused due to excessive drooling.

    If you notice two or more of these symptoms, your baby is likely to be teething. While some parents also associate fever and diarrhea with teething, it is not among the teething symptoms.

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    Tooth Eruption Chart

    To give you a better idea of the timeline in which your baby’s teeth will erupt, here is a teething chart:

    Type of Teeth

    Age of Eruption

    Central incisors

    6-12 months

    Lateral incisors

    9-16 months

    First molars

    13-19 months

    Canine teeth

    16-23 months

    Second molars

    22-24 months

    By the time your little one turns three, they will likely have 20 baby teeth. Between 6 to 12 years of age, these 20 baby teeth will be replaced by 32 adult (permanent) teeth.

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    7 Baby Teething Remedies

    To make this three-year long teething process, pain-free and joyful for your little one, here are some remedies to soothe your teething baby:

    1. Massaging baby’s gums

    Teething babies often feel better when a gentle pressure is applied to their gums. You can do so by gently massaging your baby’s gums with a clean finger.

    2. Using a chilled teether

    There are several teething rings or teethers that the baby can chew on to help numb their gums. You can refrigerate (not freeze) them for 15-20 minutes to give a cooling sensation to your baby’s sore gums.

    If you’re looking for a safe teething toy for your little one, then do try Mylo Baby Water-Filled Teether. Easy to grab and chew on, our teethers are made with 100% food grade material, soothe sore teething gums and have a textured surface to gently massage your baby’s tender gums.

    3. Chewing on a cold washcloth

    You can also wet a washcloth, wring all the excess water from it and place it in the refrigerator before offering it to your baby. The baby can chew on it for relief.

    4. Offer a cold fruit

    Babies’ diet takes a downturn during teething but offering them a cold fruit like banana can help both causes. You can also fill the fruit in a nibbler or fruit feeder to further soothe their pain and reduce choking risk.

    5. Breastfeeding or bottle feeding

    The sucking action is known to provide great relief to babies. So, continue to breastfeed (if you are) or bottle feed the baby. Just ensure that the nipple isn’t too cold if you’re using a feeding bottle.

    6. Over-the-counter remedies

    You can also consult your pediatrician for safe teething gels or creams that can relieve your baby’s teething pain. Sometimes, if the pain is severe, the doctor may need to suggest pain relief medications.

    7. Create a comforting environment

    Your baby’s experiencing great discomfort when their teeth erupt so, ensure you provide them with a comforting, calming environment. Shower them with extra cuddles, rocking motions and soothing music.

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    Final Thoughts

    Teething is the beginning of your baby’s foodie future. With healthy teeth, your baby will be able to explore and enjoy different foods as they grow up. So, keep an eye out on your baby’s teething symptoms and provide extra care and comfort to them during this process. Let teething be a milestone you remember with a smile and not tears.

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    Written by

    Anupama Chadha

    Anupama Chadha, born and raised in Delhi is a content writer who has written extensively for industries such as HR, Healthcare, Finance, Retail and Tech.

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