Treating Teething Symptoms
Because teething is temporary, treatment involves relieving the symptoms. If your baby is having discomfort, you can try placing anything cold on the gums. You can give your infant an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Infant Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®) to help with the discomfort.
(Click Teething Remedies for treatment options do's and don'ts.)
When Will My Baby Begin Teething?
On average, infants begin teething between 6 and 10 months of age. Some might start earlier and some might start later. In rare cases, some newborns are born with a few teeth (known as natal teeth).
The first teeth to keep an eye out for will be the two bottom front teeth known as the incisors. They all generally come in pairs.
The order and timing of appearance of baby teeth is usually as follows:
- Lower center incisors: 5 to 7 months
- Upper center incisors: 6 to 8 months
- Upper lateral incisors: 9 to 11 months
- Lower central incisors: 10 to 12 months
- First molars: 12 to 16 months
- Canines: 16 to 20 months
- Second molars: 20 to 30 months.
When Do All the Baby Teeth Come In?
On average, all a child's teeth have come in by 30 months of age. However, there is variability in the timing and sequence of tooth eruption based on a number of factors, including gender and ethnicity. Girls tend to develop their primary teeth before boys, and African American children earlier than Caucasians.