Teething symptoms & advice
Infants can begin showing signs of teething as early as 3 months of age. Symptoms of teething can include drooling, gum rubbing, biting or mouthing objects or being more irritable than usual.
Symptoms that should not automatically be associated with teething include difficulty sleeping, a loss of appetite, coughing, rashes, diarrhoea, vomiting, seizures, or a very high fever. It is best to see your doctor if your child is experiencing these symptoms to rule out other illnesses.
The lower front teeth are often the first teeth to appear with teeth further back in the mouth to come through over the next 24-30 months. See the infographic below for a guide on when you can expect different teeth to erupt.
When a child is teething, it can be tough to make them comfortable. Some suggestions include:
- Attention and cuddles.
- Chilled teething rings or washcloths (not frozen).
- Rubbing the back of a cold spoon over the gums.
- Using a pacifier/dummy.
Be careful if you choose to use the following remedies.
Cold gels can provide relief at first, but this may only last for a short amount of time as the gel is washed away by saliva. Infants can swallow the teething gel placed on the gums and it can be hard to know how much is swallowed. This can make the throat numb causing a choking hazard.
Do not dip a dummy in sugary spreads such as honey or jam as this can increase your child's risk of tooth decay if they already have teeth present in their mouth.
Beaded necklaces or bracelets are a potential choking hazard and unlikely to provide any pain relief for your teething child.