At What Age do Babies Start Showing Teething Symptoms?

Teething is the process of a baby’s first teeth breaking through the gums, typically beginning around 6 months of age. However, the timing can vary, and some babies may start teething as early as 3-4 months or as late as 12 months.

Teething symptoms can appear before, during, or after the tooth actually emerges. Common teething symptoms include:

  1. Drooling:
    • Increased drooling as a result of excessive saliva production.
  2. Irritability and Fussiness:
    • Increased fussiness, irritability, or restlessness, often due to gum discomfort and soreness.
  3. Gum Swelling and Tenderness:
    • Swollen, red, or sensitive gums where the teeth are erupting.
  4. Chewing and Biting:
    • Babies may chew on their fingers, toys, or anything within reach to alleviate gum discomfort.
  5. Decreased Appetite:
    • A temporary decrease in appetite due to gum soreness and general discomfort.
  6. Sleep Disturbances:
    • Difficulty falling asleep or disrupted sleep patterns, possibly due to gum discomfort and irritability.
  7. Ear Pulling or Rubbing:
    • Babies may pull or rub their ears due to referred pain from the gums to the ears.
  8. Cheek Rubbing:
    • Rubbing their cheeks, often to alleviate gum discomfort.
  9. Mild Temperature:
    • A slightly elevated body temperature (low-grade fever), although this is usually not high.

It’s important to note that while teething can cause some discomfort, it should not cause high fever, severe diarrhea, or other severe symptoms. If your baby experiences significant symptoms or if you are concerned about their teething process, it’s advisable to consult a pediatrician for guidance and to rule out any other potential issues.

You can provide comfort to your baby during teething by offering teething rings, gentle gum massages, and chilled (not frozen) teething toys to chew on. Additionally, maintaining good oral hygiene once the teeth come in is essential for your baby’s overall dental health.

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