When do babies start teething?

TEETHING can be a testing time for both parent and baby and it's hard to know what to do to help your little one.

But when do babies start teething and what can you do to help soothe their pain?

Teething is when babies get their first teeth – it can be extremely painful for them and keep them up at night, it can also make them irritable and uncomfortable.

On occasion teeth will emerge with no pain or discomfort – at other times it's likely that you will notice that they have a mild temperature, flushed cheeks or a rash on their face.

They might also be gnawing or chewing on things a lot, aren't sleeping well and could be dribbling more than usual.

When do babies start teething

The NHS states that some babies can be born with their first teeth but that others start teething before they are four months old.

Official guidance states that some babies can start teething after 12 months but that most start teething at around six months.

The bottom front teeth are usually the first to come through between five and seven months.

The top front teeth are next, coming through between six and eight months and the teeth that sit either side of the front teeth come in between nine and 11 months.

All of the other teeth will continue to come through up to 24 months with the second molars being the last ones.

The NHS states that most children will have all their milk teeth through by the time they are two-years-old.

What can I do to help?

Experts at Ashton & Partners Teething Powders say there are a number of things you can do to help soothe the pain your little one is experiencing from teething.

They state that chewing can ease discomfort so using teething rings or toys left in the freezer could help.

It's recommend you sterilise the toys first before use and if you don't have a toy the experts say you can use a flannel instead.

Massaging your babies gums with your finger or a washcloth can also help stimulate the tissue and alleviate pain.

They also stated that singing to your baby and cuddling them can also help soothe them.

Medicines they said can also help and highlighted topical liquids and gels, traditional herbal therapies such as the Ashton & Partners powder and ibuprofen and paracetamol suspensions.

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