Your baby’s first tooth will soon make its big debut – but probably not without a few tears first! If you have a teething baby, you can practically feel their pain. Teething means babies are experiencing lots of inflammation in their gums. And when your baby is uncomfortable, they certainly let you know! Luckily, there are some simple baby teething remedies you can use to bring your baby (and you!) some relief.
Baby Teething: What’s Going On?
Baby teeth are placeholders for full-size adult teeth later on. Babies obviously develop teeth so they can eventually chew their own food and rely less on you for all of their nutrition.1
So when do babies get teeth? On average, most babies start teething around six or seven months. However, there’s a pretty big baby teething range. Some babies start a lot earlier (four months) or later (12 months or more!).2 But if your little one starts sprouting teeth a little early or a little late, don’t panic. Check with your pediatrician, but keep in mind there really is a wide range of “normal” when it comes to ages of teething.
As far as the order that teeth come in, most babies get their bottom front teeth first. However, other babies’ teething may start with their top front teeth.
Curious about when your baby’s teeth will erupt, and in what order? Here’s a handy chart:2
Lower Central Incisor: 6-10 months
Upper Central Incisor: 8-12 months
Upper Lateral Incisor: 9-13 months
Lower Lateral Incisor: 10-16 months
Upper First Molar: 13-19 months
Lower First Molar: 14-18 months
Upper Canine or Cuspid: 16-22 months
Lower Canine or Cuspid: 17-23 months
Lower Second Molar: 23-31 months
Upper Second Molar: 25-33 months
How to Soothe Your Baby’s Teething Symptoms
So what are the symptoms of baby teething? Most likely, you’ll know when your baby has started teething. Cutting teeth is painful, so your little one will probably be fussier than usual. Other common symptoms of a teething baby include drooling, refusing to eat, waking up at night, and rubbing their cheeks with their hands.
Here are a few simple at-home remedies and tips to soothe your teething baby:
- Teething can make babies drool a lot. This drool can lead to chafing and redness around the mouth. If your baby’s mouth has turned on the waterworks, gently pat away drool throughout the day. You can put them in a plastic bib to help shield their clothing. You can also protect your baby’s delicate skin by using a petroleum-based jelly to create a moisture barrier around their mouth. Ask your doctor which skincare products are best for your baby.
- Teething is painful, but chewing helps babies to relieve that pain. Your baby is likely gumming whatever he or she can – including you! – to try to relieve some of that pressure. Teething rings and soft toys are great for teething babies. And many babies love to chew on washcloths! These items are even more soothing when they’re chilled, so keep a few teething rings and teething toys in the fridge to give your baby extra relief.
- You know how ice cream always makes you feel better when you have a toothache or a sore throat? The same goes for teething! We don’t recommend breaking out a pint of ice cream for your baby. But if your baby is eating solid foods, feeding them chilled foods like applesauce can provide some relief.
- Sometimes, just a little TLC goes a long way! Some extra snuggles and patience may be all your baby needs to feel better while they’re teething.
When your baby isn’t feeling well, they let you know by crying. This crying might interrupt your sleep and leave you feeling fatigued, stressed and just run down. So it’s important to take care of yourself where you can! vitafusion™ gummies provide vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to support your health and help you feel your best right now.*
Teething is a totally normal part of growing up. But if you have any questions about the process, ask your pediatrician for advice.
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1 American Dental Association. J Am Dent Assoc. 2005.
2 DiMaggio, D., Cernigliaro, J.; American Academy of Pediatrics. (www.healthychildren.org)