Seeing my baby’s first set of teeth was an exciting milestone. However, this was a painful period not only for them but also me. At 4 months, I started noticing that my baby was chewing, biting, gum rubbing and they were also drooling excessively. This was their first symptoms of teething and it led to long sleepless nights. But for new moms, it can be the cause of alarm since babies normally teeth under different timelines. However, this shouldn’t be the cause of worry.
For someone with experience in motherhood, this is a phase that all children go through and it’s perfectly okay for them to show delayed signs or get cranky. So, what is the teething timeline for babies? Well, below is the most common timeline from the time your baby is 4 months until they are preschoolers.
Teething Timeline from 4 Months to 5 Years
4-7 Months: this the period when teething usually begins for most babies. For instance, I started noticing the baby’s gums getting red and swollen. Shortly after that, the first pair of teeth popped up. This set is usually the bottom teeth. Note that this pair normally appears at the same time.
New moms should be aware that some babies usually take up to 14 months hence there’s no need to panic if you fail to notice something between 4 and 7 months. Additionally, some babies begin teething from as early as three months.
8- 12 Months: The two top front teeth will erupt. They are normally called the central incisors.
9-16 Months: two teeth will pop beside the upper and lower central incisors. The baby will have a total of 8 teeth, four on both sides of the gums.
13-19 months: once the baby hits the one year mark, the first molars will grow. For my baby, the first pair of molars came from the bottom side and thereafter the top
16-23 months: the canines will sprout out. They are sharp-pointed teeth and they normally emerge from the bottom and top gums at almost the same time.
23-32 months: the second set of bottom molars emerge when the baby is around two years.
25-33 months: the second set of upper molars sprout right after the bottom set.
3 years: the baby has a complete set of primary teeth i.e. 20 teeth.
4 years: the baby’s facial and jaw bones start to grow. They help to create the space which will be used by permanent teeth.
5 years: the baby will start losing their milk teeth. Their grin may feature both permanent and primary teeth.
Cause of Alarm
Every baby is different hence they will complete each milestone differently. Do not be afraid if your baby grows teeth very early or starts very late. However, if your baby is over 18 months and they have not shown any signs of teething, then you should seek professional advice.
How to Alleviate Teething Discomfort
Teething causes a lot of discomfort for babies. The sore gums and sprouting teeth may make them cranky and teary. Some babies may even end up with stomach discomforts, diarrhea, and rectal fever. For first-time moms, this can be challenging. Some of the best ways soothing the bay’s sore gums include:
- Rubbing the gums: with my baby, I used to wash my hands than moisturize a gauze pad and gently rub it on the gums. It helps to ease the pressure that causes discomfort.
- Cool the Gums: you can use a chilled-teething ring, spoon, or a cold washcloth to soothe the gums.
- If they are drooling, use a clean piece of cloth to wipe them.
- If the baby is already eating solid foods, try to give them a hard edible which they can gnaw e.g. carrot.
- Use an over-the-counter drug such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Note that once the baby has started growing the primary teeth, you can use a piece of soft cloth or a toothbrush designed for kids to clean their teeth and gums. Generally, teething is a huge milestone but it shouldn’t be a cause of worry. It’s possible to manage the baby’s crankiness. However, you can call a doctor if you notice that they have a high fever and they show symptoms of other illnesses.