What Is Teething?
Teething is the eruption of teeth breaking through gums. As many parents know, the symptoms associated with it are often painful and irritating for your child. The timing and symptoms of teething varies between babies, so understanding the teething process, order of eruption, and general timeline will help you know how to best address your baby’s teething experience.
If you’re nervous, don’t be! The coming in of teeth means that your baby will be able to move off pureed foods and start eating a more well-rounded diet. With a better diet comes improved bone and brain development, a strengthened immune system, and healthy weight gain. Another perk is that with these new foods and textures, your child’s oral-motor musculature is being exercised and prepared for speech and language.
What’s A Normal Age For My Baby To Start Teething?
The first set of teeth, called primary teeth, will typically start growing in when your baby is about 4-6 months old, and will last until they are about 3 years old. There are usually only 20 baby teeth.
While teething normally starts at about 4 months old, it is normal for your baby to start exhibiting teething symptoms as early as 3 months. The age at which your baby starts teething can depend on heredity or if your baby was a preemie.
Around the age of 5 or 6, these baby teeth will start to fall out and be replaced by their next set of teeth, known as their permanent teeth. This process can take up to a decade. There can be up do 32 permanent teeth.
Baby Teeth Order and Sequence of Tooth Eruption
In some cases, babies get their teeth in pairs and the pairs come in quickly one after another. Other babies might have to wait weeks or months before a mirroring tooth erupts. Each child experiences teething at different rates and in different ways. However, there is a general timeline/pattern that has been observed in teething babies.
6-10 months – The Two Bottom Front Teeth – The Central Incisors
8-12 months – The Two Top Front Teeth – The Central Incisors
9-13 months – The Sides of the Top Front Teeth – The Top Lateral Incisors
10-16 months – The Sides of the Bottom Front Teeth – The Bottom Lateral Incisors
13-19 months – The Back Teeth – The Molars
17-23 months – Between Incisors and Molars – The Canines
23-33 months – The Second Molars of Child Develop
Typically, babies will have 12 teeth grow in during their first year of life. After this, 4 one-year molars grow in, and then 4 two-year molars. Molars typically grow in around their 2nd and 3rd year.
What Is An Irregular Teeth Eruption Timeline?
There is no clear and cut timeline that is accurate for every baby. There are parents who report their children being early bloomers for teeth. For children who are born with teeth, these are known as natal teeth. Children who have their first teeth erupt within their first 30 days have developed their neonatal teeth.
Relatedly, some parents report worrying about their children being late bloomers when it comes to their baby’s teeth. While it is uncommon for a baby’s first tooth eruption to occur as late as their first birthday, it may happen. To ensure nothing is seriously wrong, make sure their hair, skin, and bone growth seem normal. Most professionals recommend a first dental check-up around 12 months, so address any concerns you may have with a pediatric dentist.
The Signs and Symptoms of Teething
There are the occasional babies that do not show any signs of discomfort, which most parents consider a stroke of good fortune. Still, a majority of babies show symptoms of pain and discomfort, sometimes lasting a few days to several months. Symptoms vary greatly for each baby, so be sure to look out for all the symptoms so that you do not miss the signs and so that you know when and how to give your teething baby relief.
Some common teething symptoms are:
- Swollen/red gums
- Trying to chew/bite everything
- Trouble Sleeping
- Decreased appetite
- Rubbing their face
- Grabbing their ears
- A visible tooth below the gum
If your little one is showing signs of fever over 100 degrees, diarrhea, and vomiting, these are not symptoms of teething and should not be treated as such. A slight of fever of under 100 degrees sometimes occurs, but if your baby experiences a high fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, it is best to consult a medical professional for advice. Teething rashes are not very common but can sometimes be caused by the excessive saliva produced during teething. Excessive drooling is pretty common, and any saliva that is left on your babies skin, such as their face or hands, may cause a rash. To handle this, it is best to wipe any excess drool continuously and contact a medical professional if the problem persists to make sure the rash is not a symptom of a larger problem. There are very few cases where swallowed saliva leads to vomiting and diarrhea. This is pretty uncommon, but if your teething baby is vomiting or has diarrhea, try being extra diligent with wiping away excess drool. If symptoms persist, contact a medical professional for advice.
DIY Tips to Soothe a Teething Baby
It is normal for your baby to feel uncomfortable as their teeth start growing in. There are a few ways for you to relieve the pain naturally using objects you have at home.
- Use a clean finger and apply pressure by rubbing your baby’s gums
- Try a chilled spoon, always chilled in the fridge (never the freezer)
- Distract your little one with a trip to the park or just giving them attention
It is not recommended that you give them frozen foods, as the extreme cold is not suitable for your baby’s gums and the food could potentially break up into chunks and pose a choking hazard. It is also not recommended that you rub whiskey or brandy on the baby’s gums, as even small amounts of alcohol are poisonous to babies.
Natural Teething Remedies
There are many products you can buy to relieve the discomfort of teething for your baby.
- Essential Oils, when diluted/diffused, can provide natural relief to teething symptoms and improve overall health and well-being.
- Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces use the natural anti-inflammatory properties of Baltic Amber to ease teething pain, boost the immune system, and reduce your baby’s anxiety.
- Silicone Teething Toys and Necklaces, especially when chilled in the fridge, are made easy to grasp and provide relief for your teething baby by giving them something to apply pressure to their aching gums.
When looking into teething toys, it is best to avoid plastic products, as these are produced with dangerous and toxic chemicals such as phthalates. To avoid this, make sure the labels do not have ingredients such as bisphenol A (commonly known as BPA), fragrances, or phthalates. If the label is unclear, call the manufacturer to ensure the health and safety of your child.
Kute Keiki places the highest priority on your child’s health and safety by providing all-natural high-quality teething products for your little one. Kute Keiki teething toys and necklaces are made of food-grade silicone, making them safe for your baby, and are dishwasher safe, saving you time and energy in the cleaning process. All products are safe and free from any and all toxins that could harm the health and safety of your baby.
There are many health benefits to Baltic Amber, especially to its anti-inflammatory properties. Baltic Amber teething necklaces are great for soothing a teething baby, as your baby’s body heat will help the natural healing properties provide soothing and natural relief to your teething baby.
Teething can cause pain and discomfort for your baby, here are ways on how to soothe your teething baby and provide soothing relief to the aches of teething. There are many natural teething solutions and remedies to keep your baby’s tooth development easy and happy.