Kids Teething Symptoms

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One question that all mothers are very anxious to ask is that when will their baby’s first pearly white tooth start to appear? Most babies dig up their first tooth at the age of6 months approximately, but your child’s chompers may appear as early as 3 months or as late as 14, depending on such factors as genes and whether or not your baby was a “preemie” (preemies tend to teethe on the late side). How babies go through their teething can differ in many ways also. Some babies have teething symptoms like excessive drooling and crankiness weeks before a tooth actually sprouts up, while others may not show any signs at all.

Normally, babies get their teeth in twos. First emerges the middle two on the bottom jaw and a month or so later, the two on the upper gums also arrive. Still, it’s not rare to see a baby with four bottom and no upper teeth, or the reverse. A general timeline for babies to sprout teeth is as follows:

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

Signs of teething

Short of really seeing a tooth poking through, and specified that the process is different for every baby, some possible symptoms to watch for are:

There emerges a need for babies to gnaw on things. The pressure of a budding tooth beneath the gums may be comforted by counter pressure, so teething babies habitually want to chomp on things. The biting character may also be a reaction to the odd feeling that something’s going on in there..