Teething, alike crawling, walking and talking, is an important milestone that shows a child is on the right track of development. Although appearance is the first thing most people think of when teeth are mentioned, baby’s pearly whites will be essential for much more. From the time a baby’s first tooth emerges to how much pain it causes, teething is a different experience for every child.
Signs of teething
Symptoms of teething are what can last for just a few days, right around the time a new tooth is coming, or for as long as couple of months if a lot of teeth emerges through all at once. For a few lucky babies and parents too, teething doesn’t results any noticeable signs at all. What’s tricky is that there’s no single set of symptoms of teething.
These are some common signs of teething:
- Swollen, bulging gums
- A tooth is visible below the gum
- Trouble sleeping
- Trying to bite, suck or chew almost everything
- Rubbing face
- Rejecting food
- Grabbing ears
If anyone notices several of these symptoms together, it’s very likely that her child is teething – though there’s always the chance that it’s something else.
When do baby starts teething?
Most babies get their first tooth at around six months, but a child’s choppers may appear as early as 3 months or as late as 14 months, depending on such factors as when her parents started sprouting teeth and whether or not a baby was a preemie because preemie babies tend to teethe on the late side. A baby start teething signs can vary widely, too. Some babies have teething symptoms—such as excessive drooling and fussiness, weeks before a tooth actually emerges, while others show no signs of teething at all.
Generally, babies get their teeth in pairs. First come the two middle teeth on the bottom. A month or so later, the two above those teeth arrives. Although, it’s not uncommon to see a baby with four upper and no bottom teeth, or the reverse. A typical baby teeth timeline can be like following:
6 months- lower central incisors
8 months- upper central incisors
10 months- lower and upper lateral incisors
14 months- first molars
18 months- canines
24 months- second molars
If anyone have query like how long does teething last? Then the answer will be, teething process lasts about two years, but after the first few teeth emerging in, the process tends to be much less painful and slow. Experts also cannot give any confirm answer, why that is. An assumption can be made that babies get used to what teething feels like over time.
Let us understand, that we should stop comparing our baby with friend’s baby, and trust that baby start teething when it’s the right time for her. In almost all cases, babies, either slow or super-fast teethers, are perfectly healthy, and there is no need to worry if they don’t fall within the “Teething schedule.” Of course, always consult to child’s paediatrician if anyone is concerned or want more information.