Teething is a major milestone in your baby’s development. When the first teeth show up, it means that your baby is preparing to eat different kinds of meals instead of breast milk and formula. Moreover, the first tooth development will also greatly affect the physiology of your little ones. Therefore, you may want to know when babies start teething. Don’t worry, we have you covered. Let us guide you to the baby’s teething signs, schedule, and notes when taking care of them during the teething period.
When Will Your Baby Start Teething?
The teething schedule of babies lasts about 2 years. Normally babies will start teething since they reached 6 months. At 12 months, they will have about 6 teeth and by the time they reach 24 months, they have fully grown 20 baby teeth, divided equally in the upper jaw and lower jaw. However, there are some cases that your baby may start teething sooner or later. But you do not need to worry much in these cases. They normally happen due to genetic or physical factors of each baby. The difference in time is usually less than 1 year.
Baby’s Teething Signs
There are several symptoms that can help you notice when your baby starts teething. These signs including:
– Your baby cries more often. They become fussier, hard to soothe, and easy to get uncomfortable.
– They have excessive drooling and sore gums.
– Your baby starts biting or nibbling on objects
– They have mild digestive disorders
– Your baby may have a fever. A teething fever will not exceed 38 degrees C.
– Your baby loses their appetite and eats poorly. They may lose some weight as well
These symptoms of teething usually appear about 3 to 5 days before the tooth erupts and resolves after 3 to 7 days. So keep an eye on your baby to help them
Teething’s Schedule for Babies
Your baby’s first tooth shall normally appear when they reach 6 months as lower central incisors. Usually, the first tooth will hurt the baby the most. Babies may be irritable, lose their appetite, and have a low fever. After the two lower central incisors appear, the two upper central incisors will start to grow when your baby reaches the 8th month.
When your baby is 7 months to 10 months, the 2 upper lateral incisors will erupt. The lower lateral incisors often appear later. These teeth normally grow when babies reach 16 months.
After your baby grows all 4 incisors, their molars will begin to appear. The first 2 upper molars will erupt when your baby reaches 13 – 19 months. There will be a small gap between the first molars and the incisors. The lower first molars will start to grow a little later. They will erupt when your baby is 14 – 18 months of age.
The upper canines will appear when your baby is 16-18 months. These teeth will fill in the gap between the incisors and molars. The lower canines will erupt shortly after the upper ones have fully grown. In some cases, your baby may have to wait until 22 months to fully develop these four canines.
The second molars will be the last teeth to appear in your baby teething’s schedule. The lower second molars will appear in your baby’s jaw by the time they reach the 20th to 23rd month. As the lower second molars growing, the upper ones will show up around the 25th month of your baby. The newborn’s teething calendar is complete when the baby enters the 30th month of age.
Notes When Taking Care of Your Baby in This Period
Teething is very important for a child’s development, but it may somewhat be uncomfortable for them. Therefore, your love and care are very crucial to help them feel better. Remember to wipe off your baby drooling regularly to keep them away from uncomfortable feelings and prevent rashes. You should clean your baby’s gums after breastfeeding them. Use a soft cloth soaked in clean water and wrap it to your finger then gently rub your baby’s gums. Doing this will create a small pressure on the sore gums which will ease your baby’s discomfort. A cold spoon or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums. Make sure you clean the items and do not dip them in sugar substances to prevent tooth decay.
Usually teething fever does not cause your baby to have a fever higher than 38 degrees C and only lasts 2-3 days, so it is not necessary to give your child fever-reducing medicine. Instead, you should breastfeed your baby more as your baby is less than 6 months old, their digestive system is underdeveloped to accept harder foods. Breast Milk will help your baby get enough nutrition to fight off infections from the outside, as well as help them lower body temperature. If your baby’s fever is higher than usual, you should take them to your doctor immediately for diagnoses and treatment.
There you go! Now you know when babies start teething as well as the signs and schedule of baby’s teething. We hope that our notes can help you take care of your baby in the teething period. Do you have any questions? Please let us know in the comments!