Baby’s First Teeth: Timing & Symptoms

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Baby’s first teeth are a fun milestone for parents but sometimes not so much for baby! Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of teething.  

When Do Babies Start Teething?

The majority of babies get their first tooth around the 6 month marker. However, this is specific to each child, so if your baby isn’t getting any teeth by 6 months old, that’s totally normal too. Some infants don’t get their first teeth until after they turn 1 year old and early bloomers can see their first tooth arrive at 3 months. In conclusion, there is no rule and every baby is different!

The Most Common Teething Symptoms

Every baby experiences teething differently, so keep that in mind. While some might have zero symptoms and no pain, others might go through months of pain and suffering—which means fussiness and discomfort.

Here are some of the most common symptoms to look out for:

  • Drooling
  • Rash
  • Coughing and/or gag reflex
  • Biting
  • Irritability
  • Lack of appetite
  • Poor sleep routine

How to Soothe Baby’s Sore Gums

If your teething baby seems uncomfortable, consider these simple tips to sooth their sore gums.

  • Rub your baby’s gums. Use a clean finger or wet, cool cotton ball or gauze pad to gently rub your baby’s gums.
  • Use a cold compress. A cold washcloth, teething spoon or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums. Just remember, don’t give them a frozen one! It’s too cold and too hard for their tender gums.
  • Keep drool at bay. Drooling is a symptom of teething and all part of the process (drooling in general is all part of the process!) Prevent skin irritation, by keeping a dry cloth handy at all times. You can also apply a moisturizer such as a water-based cream or lotion.
  • Try an over-the-counter remedy. We love our friends at Hyland’s who’ve development a great option for soothing sore, swollen gums and relieving oral discomfort.

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