When Do Babies Start Teething? Early Signs, Symptoms, and Remedies

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  2. When Do Babies Start Teething?
  3. How Will You Know When They Are Teething?
  4. Symptoms of Teething
  5. Home Remedies for Teething
  6. Over-the-Counter Remedies for Teething
  7. Wrapping Up

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{"blocks":[{"key":"cao6p","text":"Teething isn’t always the smoothest transition for your baby to go through. Some babies take it like champs; others keep you sleepless for nights on end.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":153,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":153,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":153,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":153,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"697ar","text":"In this article, we’ll give you some insights on how to be prepared for your baby’s first little tooth. We’ll also share some remedies that are safe and proven to work.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":168,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":168,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":168,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":168,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"1jbr7","text":"So, when do babies start teething?","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":34,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":34,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":34,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":34,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

When Do Babies Start Teething?

{"blocks":[{"key":"8cdub","text":"Generally speaking, your little one should start teething before they’re one year old.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":86,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":86,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":86,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":86,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"7qg1","text":"The majority of babies will have their first tooth erupt between the age of five to eight months. However, there’s no such thing as a “normal” age to grow the first tooth.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":171,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":171,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":171,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":171,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"a8umr","text":"Some early teethers cut their first tooth at just three months old. Others can be in the rare minority that is born with one tooth or more!","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":139,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":139,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":139,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":139,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"8ikv4","text":"Suppose your baby doesn’t start developing teeth until they’re one year old. That’s usually not a cause of concern, but it's best to book an appointment with a pediatric dentist if you feel concerned. In any case, your baby should have their first complete set of teeth by three years old.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":289,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":289,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":289,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":289,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

How Will You Know When They Are Teething?

{"blocks":[{"key":"f984f","text":"Some lucky parents have babies that experience no pain at all during teething. It’s not exactly known why some babies tolerate teething better than others. However, early teethers are usually the ones who show the least signs of discomfort.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":240,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":240,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":240,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":240,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"6shes","text":"This is probably attributed to the baby’s younger age. Delicate gums can easily cut without much resistance. In addition, the baby is usually still overwhelmed by the new surroundings to notice the pain.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":203,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":203,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":203,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":203,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ckurv","text":"That said, your baby will most likely show these signs from as early as three months old.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":89,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":89,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":89,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":89,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"2upr7","text":"Uneasiness and Frustration","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":26,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":26,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":26,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":26,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"aa52a","text":"When the teeth start making their way to the surface, you might notice your baby is becoming very fussy.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":104,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":104,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":104,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":104,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"8f450","text":"The new teeth start pressing against the baby’s gums, causing pain that ranges from mild to moderate. 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Symptoms of Teething

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Home Remedies for Teething

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Over-the-Counter Remedies for Teething

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Wrapping Up

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