There’s a wide difference in timing of teething. It is common for most babies to produce their first tooth around 7 months old. However some babies start growing their first tooth at two to three months and some babies won’t start teething until their first baby.
Symptoms that your baby is teething
- Drooling – teething stimulates drooling, wipe your baby’s face often remove the drool and prevent rashes from developing
- Chewing – teething can cause discomfort and can be relieved by chewing on something. Make sure it’s big enough that it can’t be swallowed or choked on
- Crying – teething can be uncomfortable and the first teeth hurts the most. This can also interrupt with their sleeping pattern
- Ear pulling – the pain from the jaw gets transferred to the ear canal
Ways to soothe the pain
- A wet washcloth – placed in the freezer for 30 minutes makes a good and cheap teething aid
- Gum massage – rub your baby’s gum with your finger
- Chilled Fruit – place chilled fruit into a mesh feeder
- Drink – if your baby is old enough, try offering a slow flow of cool water
- Distraction – turn your baby attention to something else like their favorite toy
If you have tried to soothe the pain and your baby seems irritable, ask your doctor if you can give them or ibuprofen.