Posts for: July, 2011
Your baby’s first tooth will probably appear between the ages of 5 and 7 months, though some may get their first tooth a little earlier, and others a little later. Most often, the two middle bottom teeth pop through first, followed by the middle two upper teeth. By the time your child is about 2 ½ years old, all 20 baby teeth will most likely be present.
While each child experiences teething differently, the most common symptoms of teething include drooling more than usual, constantly putting fingers or fists in the mouth, swollen or puffy areas on the gum, and fussiness or crankiness. They may even run a low grade fever.
Try giving your child a hard rubber toy, teething ring, or cold teething toy to chew on. Don’t freeze teething rings – this can hurt your baby’s gums. You may also rub their gums with your finger, or with a cold, clean washcloth. Teething gels aren’t needed, or even particularly helpful, because they are quickly washed off with drooling.