All you need to know about… Teething!
How do I know when my child is teething ?
Your baby’s first teeth usually start erupting at around 6 months old, however, there is a large variation in the age at which they can erupt, from birth to over 1 year old. Signs of teething will commonly start just before the first teeth erupt.
Sometimes, baby teeth can erupt with no signs of pain or discomfort, however, often parents can notice:
- A sore, red gum or blue lump where the tooth is about to erupt
- Flushed cheeks
- Coughing or gagging
- Biting on hands/ hard objects
- Crying and irritability
- Refusing to feed
- Unusual night waking
- Rubbing the cheek/ face on the affected side
- Swollen or tender gums
You would not expect your baby to have a prolonged high fever, diarrhoea or a skin rash. If you notice any of these signs you could see your paediatrician.
The first teeth to appear are two teeth in the middle of the bottom arch. These are followed by the opposition teeth in the upper arch. The last teeth to erupt are the second baby molars and these will usually erupt after the age of 2.
To soothe your baby during teething, try giving them cold teething rings to chew on. You can cool down the teething rings by putting them in the fridge however never put them in the freezer.