When do babies start teething?
What you should remember is that, when it comes to teething, every baby develops differently.1,2 So, while most infants get their first teeth between six and eight months, others may not get theirs until they’re one year old.1,2 On average, children will usually have all their first (milk) teeth by the time they are about two and a half years old.1
What are the symptoms of teething?
Before their first tooth appears, your child might show these early signs of teething:3
- Flushed, red cheeks
- Sensitive, sore gums
- Wanting to chew on toys and their hands more than normal
- Having a nappy rash.
Sometimes you might be able to see your baby’s tooth coming through or you may feel a bump on their gum line. If you’re becoming worried your child is not well, then see your doctor.
Simple things to help soothe teething pains
When trying to bring your little one teething relief, extra cuddles and hugs go a long way.3 You’ll also find they often love to chew, so give them something firm to bite on such as a cool teething ring.3
Another thing you might find that works is to give them cold water to drink as this can help soothe their gums – and keep them hydrated.3
3 tips for a happier household when your child is teething
- Share night-time soothing duties with your partner
- If night sleep is disrupted, encourage plenty of naps for the whole family
- Make sure you take teething rings or, if they are over 6 months, healthy snacks (bits of carrot, apple or breadsticks) with you when you’re out and about3
Always observe your child while eating to prevent choking.
It’s never too early to care for your baby’s teeth
Although these are your baby’s first teeth and will be replaced by their permanent teeth as they get older, it’s still important to take care of them.1 Tooth decay can cause pain and infection and, because of their young age, it can be difficult for dentists to treat.1 That’s why caring for them from the start helps new teeth stay strong and healthy – and gets them into good oral care habits.4 It’s important to begin brushing your baby’s teeth twice a day as soon as they come up.4 Use a small, soft toothbrush and brush with water but no toothpaste.1,4 When your child is 2 years old, you can use a small, pea-sized amount of low-strength fluoride toothpaste (look for ones that contain 1000-1500 ppm fluoride).1 Also, avoid sugary drinks and foods to protect your child from tooth decay.4