Soothing and Teething

Baby Teething Basics

Teething Troubles

If your baby is between 6-9 months and crying has become more fretful, they could be beginning to teethe. Teething can begin at different times depending on your baby. Babies can be born with teeth or toothless at the age of one! Classic signs of teething include bright red cheeks, drooling, waking more through the night, a temperature and sometimes a sore bottom. However some babies have no symptoms at all. If your baby has had such symptoms you may want to be prepared and stock up on teethers, stage 1 cooling teethers which gently soothe and massage sensitive gums, teething cloths, teething gels / granules and a first toothbrush.

Your baby's milk teeth have to last him until they are at least 5 years old. Taking good care of them will help make sure they never suffers the discomfort of toothache or dental treatment.

Babies tooth timeline

Typically, babies get their teeth in pairs. First come the middle two on the bottom. A month or so later, the two above those arrive. Still, it's not uncommon to see a baby with four bottom and no upper teeth, or the reverse. A general timeline:

6 months: lower central incisors

8 months: upper central incisors

10 months: lower and upper lateral incisors

14 months: first molars

18 months: canines

Symptoms of teething

Short of actually seeing a tooth poking through, and given that the process is different for every baby, some possible symptoms to watch for:

The need to know. The pressure of an emerging tooth beneath the gums may be relieved by counterpressure, so teething babies often want to chomp on things. The chewing instinct may also be a response to the odd sensation that something's going on in there.

Excessive drooling and increased spittle can herald a new tooth -- but it's also a normal developmental stage of infancy, so don't assume that drooling means teething. There's no way to tell whether your baby's saliva is the result of teething or not, though it may be if you also see...

Unsettled and fussy at nights your babys tooth eruption -- when the tooth moves through the bone and gum -- tends to come in stages, with more activity at night than during the day, so your baby may be more irritable then.

Ear pulling can be a sign of an ear infection, but tugging can also be a symptom of teething: The pain from the jaw gets transferred to the ear canal.

Change in eating habits. Babies who are eating solids may want to nurse or bottle-feed more because a spoon irritates their inflamed gums. Others may do the opposite, eating more than usual because the counterpressure feels good. And babies who are still on the bottle or breast may begin feeding eagerly but pull back because the activity of sucking puts uncomfortable pressure on the gums and ear canals.