Some babies may get their first tooth as early as three months, while some may have to wait for almost a year to spot the toothed smile.
The bottom two middle teeth are often the first to grow, followed by the top two middle ones, then ones on the side and back come out. The last teeth to appear are the second molars, which are found in the back of the mouth on the top and bottom. They usually come in around the age of three. After then the baby will have a full set of 20 baby teeth – commonly called the set of milk teeth.
At around the age of 6, the milk teeth fall off, and permanent teeth come in.
Teething is a natural occurrence and is generally a smooth process. However, in some babies, teething can cause the following issues:
- Irritability or fussiness
- Drooling or excessive dripping of saliva
- Gum swelling and sensitivity
- Gnawing or chewing behaviour
- Refusing food
- Sleep problems
Parents can try to relieve their baby of teething pain and irritation by giving the baby something to chew on like a rubber teething ring. The baby will get relief from sipping on cold fluids or things like yogurt. Also you can in some cases, rub a clean finger over your baby’s sore gums to relieve him of the pain and itchiness.
In extreme cases, children’s pain reliever such as infant acetaminophen may also be administered. But make sure to consult a doctor first. Always use teething gels and oral cream after making sure they are safe for use on babies.
Keep in mind that many parents end up attributing fever or irritability in their baby to teething. Hence in many cases, parents end up delaying proper treatment of their baby under the impression that their child is going through the teething process, and the fussiness and irritability is a side-effect of that.
Teething in almost all cases never causes fever, diarrhea, vomiting, convulsions, or fits. If your baby seems ill when you think s/he is teething, consult your doctor – your baby may be ill and teething with both the occurrences being mutually exclusive events, or may be simply ill.