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8 questions new parents ask about teething

Teething is an uncomfortable time for your new baby and for new parents it can leave you feeling powerless. Luckily the more that you know about it, the better you can cope and provide some much-needed relief for your little one. In this blog, we’ll take you through common teething questions and how to help your baby deal with the discomfort.

When do babies start teething?

While the average age is six months for a baby to get their first tooth, they can start teething from three months or as late as 12 or 13 months. Premature babies will often take longer than the average for their teeth to start coming through.

How long does it take?

Every child is different, so it really does depend. Most individual teeth will only take a few days to come through, but this can take up to a week or so. All their teeth should come through by the time your child is 2 or 3 years old.

What are the symptoms?

There are many signs that your baby may be teething with some of the most common including:
• Excessive drooling
• Increased biting, chewing and sucking
• Red or swollen gums
• Redness on cheeks or chin
• Face rubbing and ear pulling
• Sulky and irritable behaviour
• Rejecting food
A combination of these symptoms will often point towards teething so if your baby is showing these signs then skip ahead to our remedies below.

Is teething always painful?

Teething isn’t always painful and for older babies you may not be able to tell when they are teething as they could act like normal. Younger babies will often have more discomfort as they are less used to dealing with pain.

Can I still breastfeed?

In a word yes. Some babies may get comfort from nursing while others the sucking can make the pain worse. Gently massaging your babies’ gums with a clean finger can help to relieve any discomfort and ensure your baby is getting the nutrition they need. If they do bite, then you should pull them away suddenly and yell ouch to stop them developing a habit of biting.

What order to babies teeth grow in?

Babies teeth will normally come through in pairs with the front two lower teeth usually the first to appear followed by the top middle teeth. The surrounding teeth will follow next with the back molars the last to appear between 12 months and 14 months. Canine teeth follow these with the second molars around the two-year mark.

Do teething babies poo more?

Many people link teething with more poo, but this isn’t the case. Teething normally happens at a stage when your baby is eating more solids which is why babies will be excreting more than they did previously.

When do I need to start brushing my baby’s teeth?

Many people link teething with more poo, but this isn’t the case. Teething normally happens at a stage when your baby is eating more solids which is why babies will be excreting more than they did previously.

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