A baby’s first teeth (known as milk or deciduous teeth) usually develop while the child is growing in the womb.In most babies, these teeth start to emerge through the gums when they are around six months old. This process is known as teething.
Though teething usually begins around 6 months of age, it is normal for teething to start at anytime between 3 months and 12 months of age. By 3 years of age, the child will have all 20 primary teeth.
Many babies are not affected by teething, while some babies are fussier than usual when they are teething. This is because of soreness and swelling in the gums before a tooth comes through. These symptoms usually begin 3 to 5 days before the tooth shows, and they disappear as soon as the tooth breaks the skin.
- Babies may bite on their fingers or toys to help relieve the pressure in their gums.
- They may also refuse to eat and drink because their mouths hurt.
- Many babies drool during teething, which can cause a rash on the chin, face, or chest.
- One side of the cheek may appear flushed.
Here are some tips to help your baby feel better while teething:
- With a clean finger or cold teething ring, gently rub the baby's gum for a few minutes.
- Provide safe objects for your baby to chew on, such as teething rings.
- If needed, give your baby an over-the-counter pain reliever that is labeled for his or her specific age. Read and follow all instructions. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20, because it has been linked to Reye syndrome, a rare but serious disease.