Many parents cringe at even the word teething, as it can signal fussy babies and long sleepless nights ahead. For most babies, the first tooth peeks through between ages 4 and 7 months. By the time your child is 3 years old, a full set of 20 baby teeth will be shining with that smile.
When teething, babies and toddlers may have the following symptoms:
How to ease discomfort during teething:
- Give your baby something to chew on, like a rubber teething ring, pacifier, or clean wet washcloth that's chilled in the refrigerator.
- Rub your baby's gums with a clean finger.
- Try a teething gel. (Check with your doctor beforehand.)
- Cold foods like applesauce and yogurt, or a piece of frozen banana. (If your child's older than 6 months.)
- Hard unsweetened teething cracker. (If your child's older than 6 months.)