When Do Babies Start Teething?
As a first-time parent, as soon as the newborn fog lifts you will probably start thinking about when you can expect your baby’s first pearly whites. Your baby suddenly starts gnawing on his knuckles – is it teeth? Your baby starts biting during nursing – is she teething? Your baby starts drooling buckets and whining for hours on end – surely it’s teeth, right?
The thing about teething is that the timing and symptoms vary wildly between babies, and it can be difficult to tell if it’s teeth or something else bothering your baby. Understanding the teething process, general timing, and order of eruption can help.
What Is Teething?
The medical term for teething is odontiasis (pronounced oh-don-tahy-uh-sis), and it is defined as the eruption of an infant’s tooth that breaks through the gums. The first set of teeth are called primary, or baby teeth, and all 20 will typically be in place by the time your child is 3 years old.
Does this mean your child will exhibit teething symptoms their first 3 years of life? Absolutely not! In most cases, your baby will get 12 teeth during their first year of life, followed by 4, one-year molars and 4, two-year molars. When those teeth come in, especially the molars during years 2 and 3, will be unique to your child. Some babies get teeth in pairs and they quickly come in one after another, while others might wait weeks or even months before a mirroring tooth erupts.
On average, babies start teething around 6 months of age. However, odontiasis as early as 3 months or as late as 12 months is also considered normal.
It may happen on a random day, when it surprises both you and your baby when you hear a “clink” when he bites down on a metal spoon! On the other hand, many babies will show early signs of teething up to 5 days beforehand.
What Are The Symptoms Of Teething?
Some babies experiencing no teething symptoms, while others experience teething symptoms that can be quite dramatic, like vomiting or fever, and may persist on and off for several months. Many babies experience the typical symptoms of teething such as fussiness, drooling, biting and chewing, and refusing to eat to some degree; how much it bothers them though is highly personal. If symptoms are bothersome and keep your baby awake at night or unable to eat, you can try techniques to soothe teething symptoms naturally.
What If My Baby Starts Teething Later?
First, ask your own parents when you started teething. Delayed teething can be hereditary, and it may be inherited from either parent. If your first baby is a late teether, it is likely that all subsequent babies will be as well. There is usually nothing to be concerned about if you have a late bloomer as long as your child is otherwise healthy and experiencing normal hair, skin and bone growth.
If your baby does not have any teeth by 18 months, your pediatrician will likely refer you to a pediatric dentist so they can ensure the primary teeth are below the gums. Late teething may simply be genes, or it could be caused by an underlying condition such as poor nutrition or hypothyroidism that your doctor and dentist will diagnose and treat.
Infant Teeth Order for When Babies Start Teething
6-10 months of age – The Bottom Front Teeth of Baby – The Incisors
8-12 months of age – The Top Front Teeth of Infant – The Incisors
9-13 months of age – One Side of the Top Front Teeth of Baby– The Top Lateral Incisors
10-16 months of age – One Side of the Bottom Front Teeth of Toddler – The Bottom Lateral Incisors
13-19 months of age – The Back Teeth of Baby– The Molars
17-23 months of age – Towards the Back of the Mouth of Infant– The Canines
23-33 months of age – The Second Molars of Child
Since teething symptoms can start as early as 3 months and last well into your child’s 3rd year, many parents choose to offer some kind of teething relief. Kute Keiki offers high-quality, all-natural teething toys that are made from 100% food grade silicone, safe and free from all types of toxins, dishwasher and freezer safe, and that attach to a necklace, stroller or carseat.