By Alicia Grace

Teething is often a process that some parents are nervous about because they fear their child will be in a lot of pain. The truth is that it all depends on the child. There are infants that go through this teething process without too many problems while others can really suffer and give parents stress.

When Do Children Start Teething?

Most babies start teething between 4-7 months. Early developing babies may see their first white cap at around 3 months but late bloomers may not start to get teeth until they are over a year old. Whenever the first tooth appears it is worth being celebrated as a milestone.

Teeth actually begin to develop when the baby is still in the womb, as teeth buds form within the gums. Over time the teeth will break through the gum line so that they are visible. These teeth can appear in any order but commonly start with the middle two bottom teeth, middle top teeth and then along the sides and back. These teeth may not come in straight but usually start to straighten over time. Molars at the back of the mouth usually start to appear around age two. Be sure to note that although your child may be starting the teething process, he/she may be troubled for just a few days before a tooth emerges, or your child may display all the symptoms of teething for months, with nothing to show for it.

When Do Children Stop Teething?

As for how long does teething last, there’s no set date when your baby’s first or last tooth will arrive. Every child is different. However, typically children should have a full set of 20 teeth by age three and these should remain in place until their permanent teeth start to grow in around age six.

Teething Children symptoms include:

  • Biting more than usual
  • Excessive drool
  • Fussier than usual, especially at night
  • Disturbances in sleep patterns
  • Fever, rashes, cough, and diarrhea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Pulling of ears and rubbing of chin and cheeks
  • Swollen and inflamed gums
  • Small white teeth popping through the gums (this one’s a tell-tale sign of course!)

Teething can be a painful process for children and parents. Fortunately, it does not last that long and typically only the first teeth seem to be the most painful. As soon as the infant get used to this process then it becomes a little bit easier.

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