Helping Your Baby With Teething

by Laura Driver

Teething is one of those parenting rites of passage that is difficult for everyone involved! 

Unfortunately, you can't avoid teething but there are some easy ways for you to help your little one.

When will my baby start teething?

Your baby’s teeth could start to emerge any time from four months up to around thirteen months. Most babies start teething at around six months, with their first set of teeth through by the time they are two and a half. 

[Read more: When Should Babies Start Teething?]

baby teething biting teether

What order will my baby’s teeth appear in?

As a rough guide, this is when to expect your child’s teeth to emerge, and in what order.

  • 5-7 months – the two bottom front teeth (bottom incisors)
  • 6-8 months – the two top front teeth (top incisors)
  • 9-11 months – the two teeth at the top, either side of the middle two (slightly pointy, called top lateral incisors)
  • 10-12 months – the two bottom teeth, either side of the middle two (bottom lateral incisors)
  • 12-16 months – the larger teeth towards the back of the mouth (molars)
  • 16-20 months – more back teeth (canines)
  • 20-30 months – the four teeth at the very back of the mouth (second molars)

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How will I know if my baby is teething?

It may not be obvious that your baby is teething especially when the first few teeth come through. 

Here are some of the common ‘symptoms’ of teething that your baby might experience:

  • Red and sore gums
  • White patches on their gums
  • Red rosy cheeks
  • More dribbling than usual
  • Chewing on anything they can get their hands on.

[Read more: Why Do My Children Bite?]

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How can I help my child?

If you think that your baby is teething there are lots of ways you can help them. 

You can buy a teether which can be put in the fridge, cold things can help soothe your baby's gums.

If your baby is dribbling a lot they may get uncomfortable or get a rash. Make sure to wipe the dribble as often as you can. Wearing a bib can help.

There are gels, powders, liquids and painkillers available which may help. It's often best to ask a pharmacist which one is suitable for your little one.


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Written by

Laura Driver

Blogger & Social Media Manager
Laura lives in Yorkshire, UK with her two teenage children. When they were little (and definitely not taller than her) she used to blog avidly about the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Laura is no stranger to all the joys small children can bring; sleepless nights, a random public meltdown or a spectacular poonami. She fondly remembers the time her youngest child rolled across a supermarket carpark in a trolley while she was putting her eldest child in the car and the time her, then, three year old took up swearing at a church event. Laura has worked for Your Baby Club, as a Social Media Manager, since 2014.

Articles on YourBabyClub.co.uk are a mixture of informative pieces, anecdotal accounts and professional advice from our panel of Bloggers, Writers and Experts. The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official view of Your Baby Club UK

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