Teething Pattern in Babies

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Teething Pattern in Babies

Teething Pattern in Babies

Facts about teething in children:

  • Teething doesn’t needs any medication
  • On an average, every child up to 3 years of age will have 20 primary\milky teeth
  • After the age of 6 or 7 years, a child will start losing milky teeth and permanent teeth will begin to grow
  • By the time a child matures to 21 years of age, he or she will have a 32 teeth divided equally among both lower and upper jaws

Myths about teething in children:

  • Teething symptoms, are the signs of teething. NO, these can be normal developmental changes
  • Teething cause fever. NO, there’s just slight raise in body temperature
  • Wanting a baby to chew something means teething. NO, the baby may be imitating your eating habits.


Few babies are blessed with teeth just at the time when they are born, but many will start developing after the age of 6 months. Some may start developing even a little more lately. By the time the baby reaches 2.5 years old, it will have all of their milky or primary teeth.

Teething Symptoms

Teething symptoms are usually the same in all babies but may still vary in some. Usually babies feel itchy but some find the initial teething time painful. Some babies may develop reddish cheeks, signs of diarrhea, rash on chin and even nappy rash followed by discomfort in babies, distract sleep pattern, or some babies may feel restlessness. Some babies may have reddish swollen gums, show clingy behavior, slight rise in body temperature, loss of appetite, and crying most of the time.

When teething starts, the gum line breaks and tooth/teeth starts erupting from it. Central incisors or in a layman’s language, front two teeth starts appearing first.

Here’s a look at baby teeth chart right from infancy till 4 years of age:

Five months: Teething starts. Reddish swollen gums, sight painful. Baby needs to comfort a lot.

Six months (lower central incisors): First two teeth emerge simultaneously in the middle at the bottom. Tooth cleaning is very important at this stage.

Seven months (upper central incisors): Upper teeth in the middle develop. Cold objects will relieve your baby.

Nine to sixteen months (upper lateral incisors): Upper teeth adjacent to the middle teeth. After this comes next the lower lateral incisors.

Fourteen months toddler: The first molars appear on the top and the bottom simultaneously.

Primary teeth, or milky (baby) teeth, are purely white and smaller in size.

Eighteen months (Canine): These develop on both top and bottom and are quite sharp and pointed.

Twenty Six months (second molars): They develop from the bottom and then from the top.

Two to three years (Preschooler): By this time, the baby now has 20 primary teeth.

Four years: By this time, your child’s jaws began to develop and his facial bones start growing. They will make space for the adult teeth to set in. By the age of six, the child’s primary teeth will start to fall and permanent teeth will start erupting.

Managing Teething in Children

    1. Their gums are very soft and sensitive, so rubbing with fingers gently will soothe babies.
    2. Cold, raw and chew-able fruits and vegetables will soothe them. Babies can also be given environment and baby friendly chewing toys to help them satisfy their itch. Nothing should be frozen though.
    3. Sugar-free cookies or biscuits can be a good choice for grown up infants. Sugar may cause tooth decay.
    4. Pain relievers can be given but not medication is not mandatory.
    5. Drool should be regularly wiped to avoid further itching of the skin.To avoid infection, maintain dental hygiene. Parents must go for regular dental checkups.

      Do you have questions regarding your infant’s growth and health? Ask anonymously to verified pediatrician at MediMetry.

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