Teething: your baby’s first teeth

Your baby's first teeth start to develop before they’re even born. And when your little one is about six to nine months old, teeth will start to show through the gums.

Your baby’s first tooth will more than likely appear in the middle of the lower jaw. It will be followed by the rest of the bottom front teeth, the top front teeth and then the top and bottom incisors either side. Your child’s complete set of 20 baby teeth will usually have come through by the age of 2½ years.

Some babies show very few signs or symptoms of teething, while others find it a more painful experience. While your little one is teething, gums may become red, one cheek might flush. Your child may also dribble, gnaw and chew a lot, or just become fretful. However, don’t worry, there are lots of ways you can help make teething easier for your child.

Baby teething tips

  • Give your little one plenty of extra cuddles to help them feel better
  • It can be helpful to give your child something hard to chew on
  • Teething rings that can be cooled in the fridge can be particularly soothing
  • Teething gels containing local anaesthetics can provide some pain relief from sore gums (however these mustn’t be given to babies under four months old)
  • Sugar-free paracetamol suspension, specially designed for babies and children, can also help – be sure to follow the instructions according to your child's age

Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.

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