Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Your Baby’s Teething Timeline
The first year of your child’s life is very eventful. There are so many milestones that sometimes you are unable to catch them. They grow so fast and in no time they’re already one and walking around. One of the major milestones is the teething process. Different infant start teething at different months of their life, but it is usually during the five or six months of age. And then follows the endless nights of crying and whining because the pain caused when teeth erupt.
Are you curious to know how this all happens? As a first time are you too anxious about the whole process? Here’s a detailed timeline of how your baby’s teething process carries ahead.
Fetal stage – Yes, the teething process begins in the fetal stage but teeth don’t erupt until 6 months of infancy. Tooth development begins in the first six weeks of pregnancy and tooth buds start forming after the 18th week. After the tooth buds are formed they remain dormant until birth.
Four to six months – Teething usually starts at six months but it varies. Some babies start teething as early as four months. This phase is marked by the root of the tooth forcing it up on the surface. It puts a lot of pressure on your baby’s gum causing pain and discomfort. It isn’t difficult to notice because your happy and giggly baby will suddenly become cranky and grumpy.
Common symptoms of this phase are
- Excessive drooling
- Gum rubbing
- Sucking thumb quite often as it soothes them
- Decreased food intake
- Crankiness and grumpiness
- Increase in body temperature
- Chewing on toys
- Reduced sleep
Bottom two teeth, known as central incisors, are usually the first ones to grow. The central incisors do not cause much pain or discomfort as they are thin and easily come out to the surface. But the four top central and lateral incisors will cause a little more pain. This is the right time you should introduce solid foods to your child. It will be a good exercise and help them soothe the gums. They can experience the texture and develop flavors. Ideally give them something like mushy foods like avocado, boiled pasta, chicken, sweet potato, and carrots. These foods are easier to hold as they are also developing fine more skills. Normally, your baby will grow around six teeth in the first year of his life.
Babies are the crankiest during bed time. Your baby will often give you “help me, pick me up” look often during these two-three months. You are a savior, pick him up and cuddle with him. Give him a bottle if he wants because that will soothe him down immediately.
One to three years of age
Around 12 to 14 months of age, the molars will start pushing through, which again will be discomforting and a lot painful. Molars have a flat surface, so cutting through the gums puts a lot of pressure on your child dental cavity. From one year to three years of age, your baby will grow around 20 teeth. Make sure you take your child for routine checkups because you don’t want the teeth to rot after eating too much candy.
You can also buy story books about how to keep your teeth clean and shiny for children. They learn best through stories and will also make your task easier. Do not start fluoride-containing toothpastes before two years of age.
It can be something different than teething
Since you are a first time mom, keep a close look on the symptoms. If you notice that your baby is too anxious and has a very high temperature, there is a chance that he is not teething but having an ear infection. The symptoms for both are very similar but for teething they are very subtle while for an ear infection they are very much pronounced.
You will have to go through sleepless nights because your baby will be in pain but it is all worth it when you see them smiling the very next moment.
Visit a pediatric dentist if your baby suffers too much pain during the teething process and do not administer any painkillers of your own.