Baby Teeth Timeline Parents Need to Anticipate

Baby Teeth Timeline Parents Need to Anticipate

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A teething baby can be very difficult to handle as it means a lot of crying, sleepless nights, and fevers. While parents would love to see the first tooth come out, the crankiness and pains they come with are not easy to watch. Each tooth that comes out will come with their set of pains and joys and most anxious parents would think they were never fully prepared for this stage. If your baby is near the teething stage and you are not sure what to expect, here’s a quick guide for you:

No Definite Age

[Caption] Most babies are born without teeth but cases of natal teeth have been recorded [Credit] Rodrigo Pereira

Most teething events happen between 4 and 7 months but there are children that go beyond this timeframe. Most children get a full set of teeth when they reach 3 years of age. The time frame is also not definite as other children may experience teething much earlier and others much later.

There are some “early teethers” where infants aged 2 to 3 months already show signs of their pearly whites cutting through the gums. You can also watch out for other symptoms like drooling or bringing the hand to the mouth and pretending to chew.

It may be surprising to know but there are also some babies born with one or more teeth. The case is called natal teeth and is experienced by 1 in 6,000 babies. There are different beliefs surrounding this occurrence. While most of the infants that experienced this were brought to dental clinics because of some issues and potential health risks.

There are also some babies that experience their first teething a bit later than others – until about 9 months old. If you feel worried that your child is a bit late into the teething timeline, you may also raise the concern with your pediatrician.

Signs Your Baby May Be Teething

[Caption] Babies chew on their toys, fingers, and other things when they are teething [Credit] Colin Maynard

There are several symptoms or signs that can tell you that your baby is on the teething stage, here are some:

  • Chewing, sucking, and biting

The irritation in the gums causes babies to gnaw on things they can hold – rails of their cribs, toys, clothes, fingers, and others. This is the best time to give them teethers that are frequently and properly sanitized.

  • Drooling

Drooling is one of the most tangible proof of teething in babies. There is still no scientific explanation to this but experts believe that it could be due to the muscle movement in the mouth as babies often chew at this point leading to a more active salivary glands.

  • Rashes

Since the baby is constantly drooling, you can also expect that there will be rashes around the mouth and sometimes in the neck. You can ask your pediatrician for a way to manage the rashes since it will add to the child’s irritability.

  • Decreased Appetite

Since the gums would be painful, some babies would lose their appetite for a while making eating and drinking difficult.

  • Fever

Some babies will experience low-grade fever due to the inflammation of the gums. The fever can be managed with the help of your pediatrician.

  • Diarrhea

Your baby may also experience diarrhea, a rather strange symptom of teething. It can be managed at home but it is best to see a doctor and help the baby keep hydrated.

  • Irritability

Teething is not a very pleasant experience for the baby due to the painful gums and other symptoms that it comes with. Expect the child to be irritable for a few days due to the teething phase.