When do Babies Teeth?
Teething is known as the period in an infant’s life that the teeth grow and break through the gums. For some babies, this can be a painful experience and for others it occurs with no complaint at all. The answer to ‘When do babies teeth?’ is different for every baby. Some babies are born with a tooth (known as a natal tooth) while others get their first tooth after the age of one. If a natal tooth is securely set in the gum, there is no problem. If a natal tooth is loose, it will more than likely be removed as this can be inhaled into your baby’s windpipe if it were to fall out. If it is removed, your child will be left with a gap until a second tooth grows around school going age. Your doctor should be made aware if your baby has a natal tooth. The average age for a baby’s first tooth to break through is about six months. Your baby will probably have been drooling and biting from the age of three to four months already. It is thought that the teething pattern could be hereditary. If either you or your partner were an early or late teether, chances are your children will follow the same pattern. You should consider visiting your dentist to check that everything is growing fine if your baby has no sign of showing teeth by the time they reach their first birthday.
In most cases, the lower teeth appear before the upper teeth. It is usually the girls that cut teeth before boys. All babies are different. It could be the first tooth that causes the most pain for some babies, while it is the molars in other children that are the cause of the most pain. It’s the most painful for some babies when they cut a few teeth at the same time.
The first two teeth to appear are usually the lower central incisors. These are followed by the four upper incisors. This is the average tooth development by the time a baby is one-year-old. There is normally a few months break before the remaining two lower incisors break the gum. At around the same time the four molars break through. These are at the back of the mouth, leaving space for the canines which appear several months after this. This is usually the second half of the second year. By the first half of the third year, the second set of molars breaks through the gum. This completes the set of baby teeth.
Some babies show no signs of teething while others might have a variety of symptoms. Teething symptoms can begin days, weeks or months before the tooth appears. The symptoms can include drooling, one of the cheeks might appear flushed and the area on the gum where the tooth is trying to cut through may appear to look red and sore. Your baby will be looking to chew on anything to relieve the pain. They might rub their cheeks and pull their ears. There could be an increase in saliva and your baby might become irritable. Symptoms like diarrhoea, rashes, fever and earache should not necessarily be put down to teething. If you have any concerns, you should contact your paediatrician.
Pressure on the gums helps to alleviate the pain. Gently massaging your baby’s gums with a clean finger can do wonders to ease the pain. It might be a bit uncomfortable for your baby at the start, but after a few moments, it will become increasingly soothing. A rubber teething ring of any shape is good too. You can get gel-filled teething rings and water-filled teething rings. A teething ring, which can be chilled in the refrigerator, helps in reducing pain. This should never be frozen. Do not allow your baby to chew on toys or objects that are made from thin, brittle plastic. It is too easy for these to break and your child can end up choking on this. There are over-the-counter teething drops available which contain a mild anaesthetic. They are thought to be well tolerated by most babies. Get the advice of your paediatrician before giving your baby medication. You can use a barrier cream on your baby’s chin to prevent soreness from constant dribbling.
Give your baby lots of extra attention when he/she is teething. Cuddles might just be what your baby wants and needs at this time.