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After the birth of your baby, there are many milestones, that are to be crossed and you need to be prepared for each and every one of them. One of the most important milestones of your child will be their teething period. As anticipated as it is to finally see those pearly whites finally showing up on your child, teething comes with its own set of pains and teething problems and every parent should know the basic teething symptoms and signs of teething in order to be best prepared for it when it happens. We've prepared a complete guide with all the information you need to know during your child's teething age.

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What Is Teething?

When Do Baby Teeth Come In?

How Can You Tell If Your Baby Is Teething?

The Order Of Teeth Growth In An Infant

Medications Used To Treat Teething Pain In Infants

Home Remedies For Treating Teething Pains

After the birth of your baby, there are many milestones, that are to be crossed and you need to be prepared for each and every one of them. One of the most important milestones of your child will be their teething period. As anticipated as it is to finally see those pearly whites finally showing up on your child, teething comes with its own set of pains and teething problems and every parent should know the basic teething symptoms and signs of teething in order to be best prepared for it when it happens. We've prepared a complete guide with all the information you need to know during your child's teething age.

What Is Teething?

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Teething is the process when the child's teeth start erupting and growing from the gums. It is not a sudden occurrence and there are usually many teething symptoms and signs of teething that you can notice in your child that will help you understand your baby is teething.

When Do Baby Teeth Come In?

Usually, signs of teething start showing up when the child is around 5 months of age the first teeth come in at six months, however, it can occur anywhere between the first six to thirteen months, as every child is different, and you need to be on the lookout for teething symptoms to be prepared for when it finally does happen and your child shows their first signs of teething. In some rare cases, teething may start even at four months, which is usually highly unlikely.

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How Can You Tell If Your Baby Is Teething?

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There are many signs of teething and teething symptoms that your baby will start showing, which will let you know that your child is teething. Some of the signs of teething include drooling and slight irritability, but that’s just about it for teething symptoms. If you notice your child chewing and gnawing on objects, don’t be worried, that's not one of the signs of teething, and occurrences like diarrhoea and fever are definitely not teething symptoms. The best way to check if your child is teething is to actually feel their gums and check for the eruption, as you can usually feel the teeth poking out of your child's gums. More often than not, your child will not even experience and teething problems and have a very smooth teething experience.

Some of the other common teething symptoms and signs of teething include:

‣ Disturbed sleep and restlessness caused by the erupting teeth from the gums is one of the signs of teething.

‣ One of the teething symptoms could be the refusal of food due to the fact that their gums are feeling irritated due to teeth growing.

‣ Fussiness and mild mood swings due to the mild pain that teething causes, is one of the signs of teething.

‣ One of the teething symptoms is a mild rash that forms around the mouth area, mostly caused by excessive drooling due to teething.

‣ Constant rubbing of the ear and cheek regions may be one of the signs of teething.

However, every child is different and experiences their own set of teething problems, and you should pay attention to your child individually and look out for teething symptoms.

Some symptoms NOT associated with teething are:

‣ High fever is definitely not one of the teething symptoms.

‣ Rashes all over the body are not signs of teething.

‣ Diarrhoea is for sure not one among the teething symptoms.

‣ A runny nose and fever are not caused by teething and are not signs of teething.

If your child experiences any of these symptoms, these are definitely not teething problems or signs of teething and you should definitely get a doctor's consultation regarding your child's health.

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The Order Of Teeth Growth In An Infant

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Although every child is different, and some children have some teething problems that do not allow for the proper progression of teething, the usual order of teeth growth in infants is as follows:

‣ The central incisors erupt between 6 to 12 months of age

‣ The lateral incisors erupt between 9 to 16 months of age

‣ Canine teeth erupt between 16 to 23 months of age

‣ The first molars erupt between 13 to 19 months of age

‣ The second molars erupt between 22 to 24 months of age

Unless your child has some teething problems, this should be the normal order of tooth growth. As the child grows older, at the age between 6 to 12 years, they start losing their baby teeth and growing new adult teeth. If you notice this in your older child, don't worry as it is not one of the teething problems, but just a normal part of growing.

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Medications Used To Treat Teething Pain In Infants

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If your child is experiencing teething problems or discomfort, some medication can be used to alleviate the pain of your baby. Some of the commonly used medication for teething problems and pains include:

‣ Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) - Ibuprofen can't be used before the child is 6 months of age

‣ Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

However, parents must remember that medications should be used only when the teething problems and pains experienced by the child are extremely severe and the home remedies don’t help. Let's take a look at some home remedies that usually work wonders when it comes to treating teething problems and pains.

Home Remedies For Treating Teething Pains

Teething pains are usually reduced by applying pressure on the gums, therefore it is recommended to press the teeth down gently with clean fingers, or use a wet cloth for the baby to bite on. Using cold objects, like ice cubes, helps to control inflammation as well, however, make sure not to use them for a prolonged period of time.

Thus, with this article, we have covered all the essential information new parents need to know about their child's teething period. We hope you enjoyed reading our detailed guide to baby teething and found it useful during your child's teething stage.

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