Teething is a notoriously tricky time for young children and can be of a nightmare for parents. It usually begins at around the age of 6 months when the front teeth start to erupt, but this can vary significantly. Some children do not develop any teeth until after their first birthday. This natural stage of development and it affects children in different ways; some have no problems, but others really struggle.
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How do I know when my baby is teething?
You will usually notice signs of the condition before the teeth start to develop. Signs to look out for include:
- Rosy, flushed cheeks or a rash on the cheeks
- Your baby chewing and gumming on toys and objects
- Irritability and being more emotional or clingy than usual
- Dribbling and drooling
- Feeding less
Some babies will display none of these symptoms, while others may show all of them. For some babies, this is a horrible process that makes them feel poorly and sorry for themselves—while others hardly experience any difficulties. It is impossible to know how your baby will react to teething or how long the process will take.
The first teeth to appear are generally the lower incisors, followed by the upper incisors, the lateral incisors, the canines and then the molars and second molars. Most children will have all their baby teeth by the time they reach the age of 2-and-a-half years old.