Advice About Teething: Your Baby’s First Teeth

Your baby’s first teeth start to develop before they’re even born and then when they’re about 6 to 9 months old these teeth will start to emerge through the gums.

Your baby’s first tooth will more than likely appear in the middle of the lower jaw, followed by their bottom front teeth, their top front teeth and then the top and bottom incisors either side. Their complete set of 20 baby teeth will usually have come through by the age of 2 1/2 years.

Some babies show very few signs or symptoms of teething, while others find it a more painful experience. While your little one is teething, their gums may become red, one cheek might flush, they might dribble, gnaw and chew a lot or just become fretful. There are lots of ways you can help make teething easier for your child.

Baby teething tips:

– Give them plenty of extra cuddles – whatever you need to do to help them feel better.

– It can be helpful to give your child something hard to chew on.

Teethers that can be cooled in the fridge can be particularly soothing.

– Teething gels containing local anaesthetics can provide some pain relief from sore gums. These must not be given to babies under 4 months old.
– Sugar-free paracetamol suspension, specially designed for babies and children, may also be given. Be sure to follow the instructions according to your child’s age.

Please be aware that the information given is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent please seek professional medical assistance. 

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