Waiting for your baby’s teeth to come in can be a process that involves a lot of guesswork You’ll be caught in this limbo of will they or won’t they. A lot of the time you’ll feel like your baby is being fussy for some odd reason. Could it be that their teeth are coming in?  Teething can be a pretty charged time for both the baby and the family. Especially since symptoms start turning up at 3 months of age and even as late as 9 or 10 months of age. 

But you’re in luck! We got in touch with Naila Bahgat certified newborn care specialist and owner of NewBornians to give us a low down on all the tell-tale signs of teething. It turns out there are a lot of symptoms you have to keep an eye out for (don’t worry, we made a list)! But to get you started we’ll cover a lot of the things you need to know before your baby’s chompers start coming in. So, consider this your quick crash course on the ins and outs of teething. 

What You Need to Know:

When Do They Start coming in?

Babies begin teething as little as 3 months of age to as late as 9 or 10 months. The important thing is not to stress yourself about the rate they’re coming in. Teeth don’t work on a set schedule! But the general rule of thumb is that the process should begin between 3 months to the baby’s first birthday. Its easy for mommies to start comparing between other moms and their babies but don’t fall into that trap! You have to realize that everything takes its time when genetics come into play. Some families have teeth that come in early and others late so it’s not something you can really rush.

How long do they take?

When your baby starts teething, the tooth can take a couple of months to emerge. If the teething starts at 3 months then teeth can begin to emerge at 6 months of age for example. The teething process may be complete within 2 years and 9 months of age or even later. It really differs from baby to baby. The teeth usually come out in pairs. Sometimes you might only see one but its nothing to worry about since the other one is on its way! The time it takes for the tooth to fully emerge might be frustrating for mommies, but you have to understand its pretty frustrating for the baby too! Patience is key. If your baby hits their first birthday and still no teeth have come in, you will need to consult a pediatrician.   

Teething Symptoms:

  • Heavy drooling
  • Excessive biting
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Red Cheeks
  • Ear pulling or rubbing
  • Crankiness and fussy behavior
  • Unstable sleeping and feeding patterns
  • Refusing solid food and only wanting liquids
  • A rise in temperature (not more than 38.2 °C)

Common Misconceptions

If the baby has a fever while teething a lot of people assume that the fever and teething are directly related.  The fact is, the fever is only related to teething if it doesn’t go over 38.2° C. If it goes above this the fever could be a result of something else and a pediatrician must be consulted.

Another misconception is the relation of teething to diarrhea. It’s likely that some people will tell you to disregard diarrhea and brush it off as being a result of the teething. But the truth is, diarrhea has nothing to do with teething. In fact, consulting a pediatrician is super important for your baby in this case. 

And that pretty much covers the 101 on teething, if you want to learn more then you should check out NewBornians range of sessions on newborn care and keep an eye out for tips and tricks via their Instagram and Facebook.