When do babies get teeth? Well, like pretty much all things baby-related, it depends. In some rare cases, babies are born with teeth. (Yes, it’s true!) Other babies don’t get their first teeth until they’re over a year old. But usually, baby teething begins somewhere in between. Around 6 months is a pretty good average, although it can happen a little sooner, or later.
Is your newborn acting fussy, and you’re wondering, “Can a 2 month old be teething?” or “Can my 3 month old be teething?” It’s possible, but it will be pretty uncommon.
In short, we can’t say for sure when your baby’s teeth will come in. So, how to know when baby is teething? It’s all about knowing some of the key teething symptoms to look out for.
Table of Contents 📝
- Which teeth will come through first?
- How do I know if my baby is teething?
- How to manage baby teething?
Which teeth will come through first?
First, know that teeth don’t all come in at once. Teething can take a long time, and your baby might get one tooth and not get another one for several weeks. They might start teething at 6 months, but those teeth will keep coming through your baby’s second year and probably beyond.
The first teeth to come in will probably be the bottom front teeth (the incisors), followed by the top incisors. Then, in the next few months, you’re likely to see the top lateral incisors (on the side of the first ones) and the same on the bottom.
Finally, it’s the molars and canines. If there are any teeth that will be a little painful, it’ll be these.
How do I know if my baby is teething?
The truth is, the symptoms of teething change from baby to baby. While some might feel a bit of pain – and may wake during the night – others can cruise through it without batting an eyelid.
You’ll know your baby better than anyone. But here are some teething signs to look out for:
- Sore and red gums.
- A red cheek on the side where the tooth is emerging.
- Dribbling and drooling. Their bib or shirt can get a bit soggy, and the leaky mouth can give them a teething rash on the chin.
- Signs of discomfort. Your little one might be a bit more agitated or irritable than usual.
- Rubbing their face or ear. All those nerves in that area are connected, so a toothache can feel like an earache. (If your little one gives their ear a lot of attention, it could be an ear infection, too. Check with your doctor to make sure.)
- Is baby chewing a sign of teething? It can be. It may even be the first sign. Gnawing and biting things helps to relieve the pressure of the tooth poking through the gum. So, they are likely to be chomping on anything that they can find.
- Waking during the night can be a teething symptom too. However, this may also be happening for other reasons.
How to manage baby teething?
If your little one is struggling with the pain of new teeth, there are a few things you can try.
- Give them something to chew on. You can try teething rings or even a chilled wet washcloth. But stay away from big chunks of raw carrots or apples, which can be a choking hazard.
- Wipe up their dribble. A drool-covered chin isn’t just messy – it can give your baby a rash. Try to gently wipe off the drool with a soft cloth as often as you can.
- Play! Often distraction is the best way through a bit of pain. Comforting or playing with your baby can help.
➡️ Also read: 12 Easy Baby Teething Remedies
Other tips for first teeth:
- Get them to a dentist. When teeth appear, it’s time for baby’s first dentist visit.
- Brush, brush, brush! When to start brushing baby teeth? As soon as the first one peeks through! Use a soft baby toothbrush with the tiniest smear of baby toothpaste.
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