- Bottom two front incisors [biting teeth] by 6 months
- Top two front incisors by 7 months
- Two more incisors, top and bottom, by 8-12 months
- Four back molars [grinding teeth] at 10-14 months
- Four canines [pointed teeth] at 16-20 months
- Four more back molars at 24-30 months
The term ‘Teething’ does not just mean when a tooth is cutting through the gum, but also means when the teeth are moving towards the gums.
If your baby is not co-operating to let you have a good look inside its mouth, you can always do the ‘clink test’: gently tap a teaspoon on their gums to hear if there is a new pearly white.
Symptoms of teething
- Crying, irritable, grizzly, cranky, clingy, fretful, sooky.
- Mild fever (say 37.5°C – 37.9°C).
- Trouble sleeping, waking up crying.
- Very ‘mouthy’ – desperate to chew and gnaw on things .
- Lots of chewing on fingers in their mouth.
- Producing more saliva and dribbling more than usual (which can cause a rash on the chin, or chafing from continual dummy use).
- One or both cheeks bright red, occasional spot on face.
- Stools looser or runnier than usual (not diarrhoea).
- Nappy rash.
- Rejecting milk or meals.
- Gums tender and swollen (where a tooth is about to cut through).
- Tugging their ears (but teething does not cause ear infections).
Possible remedies for teething
- Chilled teething rings.
- Amber teething necklaces.
- Infant paracetamol or infant ibuprofen for the pain (especially for sleeping).
- A barley drink can help neutralise the acidity of a baby’s saliva.
- Homeopathic Chamomilla.
- Other homeopathic remedies such as Weleda™’s Baby Teething Powder and Naturo Pharm™’s Teethmed Relief.
- Chemists sell teething gels to rub on the gums (eg Bonjela™) – especially useful before bedtime.
- Teething toys for your little babe to relish slobbering all over.
- Eliminate starchy foods from their diet.
- Homeopathic aconite is very effective counteracting the one-red-cheek scenario.
- Great teething food ideas include frozen bananas (peal and wrap in cling-film to freeze), dried bananas (buy at health shops), pieces of peeled apple wrapped in gauze-cloth to gnaw on, cold celery sticks, and freezing the wet corner of a flannel to chew on. (But always be very careful to avoid baby choking on small pieces of food.)