The go-to guide for teething in kids
Become an expert with this go-to guide for your baby’s teething dilemmas.
When it comes to development, child’s teething is one of those very long stages that seem to never end. There’s a lot pain, discomfort, impatience – and this isn’t just for the children but for the parents too.
A child’s teething stages
Milk teeth – Anytime from 0 to 6 months, the baby’s milk teeth start to emerge just below their pink, swollen gums. Expect constant drooling, lots of discomfort and even fever from babies.
Chipmunk – at 6 to 10 months, teeth begin erupting out. At this stage, the upper and lower central incisors (like a chipmunk) emerge first. Breastfeeding can be very uncomfortable at this time too.
Molars – at 10-14 months, molars start to come out in this particular baby’s teething stage. This is the point where sleep is almost non-existent and pain is constant for both parties.
Vampire – at 1-2 years, the canine teeth aka vampire fangs will emerge. As usual, pain, discomfort and fever should be expected.
Molars part 2 – the last baby’s teething stage occurs when the baby is about 2-3 years old. The big molars will emerge and this equals to double the pain and discomfort.
Permanent teeth – Your child’s permanent teeth won’t be ready to come in until some where around the age of 6.
Fun teething facts
- Usually, baby girls’ teeth emerge before the baby boys do.
- Lower teeth are the first to come out. The upper teeth follow suit later on.
- Permanent teeth may be bigger than the milk teeth. But the latter is whiter in colour.
- No tooth is an island – which is why they always erupt in pairs.
- A set of permanent adult teeth is composed of 28 teeth.
Baby and teeth
While a baby’s teeth typically emerge around 6 months of life, there really isn’t a solid timeline as to when a tooth would come out. In rare cases, a baby can be born with a tooth while another could get their first one at the age of 1 year. Babies born with a “natal tooth” isn’t a big deal.
However, if the tooth doesn’t fall out, it needs to be extracted to prevent choking risks. Babies who don’t have teeth by age one must see a paediatric dentist to double check the progress. As with babies born with natal tooth, these no-teeth babies are perfectly normal.
Baby’s teething symptoms
When it comes to a baby’s teething, symptoms may vary from child to child. However, the common indications of teething is irritability, flushed cheeks, gum and ear rubbing, fever and feeding difficulty. It is important for parents to note that these symptoms can be related to ear infections as well, so constant vigilance is encouraged.
The use of teethers helps alleviate the discomfort and pain babies feel during teething. Pick out teethers that have different surface textures. Teethers also double as toys so choose pieces with added features such as a rattle, mirror or musical options to distract babies from the pain that they are feeling.
Parents, how did you handle your baby’s teething? Please tell us your experience and leave a comment below. See the video below to learn more how teething affects a baby: