How Long Does Teething Symptoms Last in Babies?

Teething symptoms in babies can last for several months, often beginning around 6 months of age and potentially lasting until the age of 2 to 3 years. The eruption of primary teeth can cause discomfort and a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Irritability: Due to the discomfort and pain associated with teething.
  • Drooling: Excessive drooling is common during teething.
  • Swollen or sensitive gums: The gums may appear red, swollen, and tender.
  • Gnawing or biting: Babies often try to alleviate discomfort by biting on toys or fingers.
  • Disrupted sleep: Teething can cause discomfort, leading to difficulties in falling or staying asleep.
  • Loss of appetite: Sore gums can make it uncomfortable for a baby to eat.
  • Mild fever: Some babies may have a slightly elevated body temperature, although it’s generally low-grade.

It’s important to note that not all babies experience teething symptoms, and the intensity of symptoms can vary from child to child. If a baby’s symptoms are severe, persistent, or accompanied by a high fever, it’s advisable to consult a pediatrician to rule out other potential issues.

Parents can provide comfort to teething babies by offering teething rings or chilled (not frozen) toys to chew on, gently massaging the gums, and giving a clean, damp washcloth for the baby to gnaw on. Additionally, over-the-counter pain relief solutions specifically designed for infants may be recommended by a pediatrician to ease discomfort during the teething process.