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During my baby’s first 6 months, every time she got extra fussy, I’d think to myself, this is it.
Here comes the first tooth.
I used this excuse over and over again, but, no tooth followed.
Finally one day, everything changed.
My baby started showing some of the following symptoms of teething, and pop, up came her first tooth.
Learn how to recognize symptoms of your baby teething and when to expect your baby to start teething.
When Do Babies Start Teething?
Like all baby milestones, teeth appear at different times for every baby.
However, on average, you can expect to see the first tooth around 4-6 months of age.
Your baby will start with the bottom two middle teeth (lower incisors).
The rest of the teeth roughly come in the following schedule:
- 8-12 months top 2 middle teeth (central incisors)
- 9-12 months top 2 next to central incisors (lateral incisors)
- 10-16 months lower 2 next to lower incisors (lateral incisors)
- 14-20 Months first molars upper and lower
- 16-22 months upper and lower cuspid (tooth between lateral incisor and molar)
- 25-32 months second molars upper and lower
By 3 years of age, most children have all 20 “baby teeth”.
If your baby doesn’t follow this schedule exactly, don’t panic. My baby was a late teether and didn’t have any until she was almost 1.
As long as your baby is developing well otherwise, your baby might be a late teether as well.
Symptoms of Teething Baby
Drooling more than normally is one of the first signs you might notice when your baby starts teething. You’ll find their shirts are wetter than normal and their mouths just seem to be a faucet.
Some parents opt to put a bib on their parents during this time to keep their shirts dry.
Just keep an eye out for an irritating rash on your baby’s chin with all of the extra moisture around.
Hand in Mouth
Another early sign of teething is your baby’s hand will be constantly in her mouth.
This likely soothes her newly sprouting teeth which can be very uncomfortable.
Objects in Mouth
In addition to putting a hand in their mouth, you might find your baby starts sticking anything and everything into their mouth when they’re teething.
Make sure to offer safe teething toys or teething rings to both help soothe your baby as well as keep them from getting sick.
You may have heard many people say their baby’s had a fever while teething. While this is not the case for all babies, many babies do spike a low-grade fever (less than 100F) while teething.
If your baby is fussy and has a temperature over 100, it’s likely not teething that’s bothering your baby. You might need to have your baby see their pediatrician based on their symptoms.
Refusing to Eat or Drink
You might notice your baby quickly alternates from always hungry, to refusing to eat at all.
Their gums are tender while teething and food just might not be on their mind. As long as they’re a healthy weight, it’s ok to follow their cues.
Continue to offer milk or solids (depending on their age), but don’t feel that you have to force it.
You might be shocked to see how swollen your little one’s gums are just before a tooth appears. The pressure of a new tooth causes inflammation in the gum that makes them red and swollen.
If you’re not sure if your baby is teething, take a peek in their mouth and see how their gums look.
Ear Pulling or Tugging
This is a tricky symptom because this is also seen with ear infections in babies. However, if your baby is displaying other signs of teething and also pulling on their ears, it’s likely related to teething.
Your ears and teeth are very close to each other and sometimes tooth pain might feel like it’s in the ears. You might see your baby pulling on their ears more due to discomfort that’s actually in their mouths.
This one is a doozy for many of us who finally got our babies to sleep well with baby sleep tricks. Many babies have a difficult time sleeping while they’re teething due to discomfort.
But, try not to panic. Most of the time their sleep habits return to normal shortly after the top pops in.
Baby Teething Symptoms
The next time your baby starts to act extra fussy take a moment to look for other symptoms of baby teething. Your little one might be getting an extra tooth.
If you’re ever in doubt if it’s teething or something else, refer to these tips on when to see your pediatrician.
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