Top 3 Questions on Teething
Our sister book, Baby 411, has extensive advice on teething. Here’s an excerpt from authors Denise Fields and Dr. Ari Brown that looks at parents top 3 biggest teething questions:
Q. When do baby’s teeth come in?
Around six to 12 months old. There are some kids whose teeth come in earlier or later, though. Universally, the first tooth to erupt is a bottom, middle one. The rest come in randomly.
Q. How many teeth should my baby have at his one-year birthday?
When it comes to one-year olds, teething varies widely. Some babies have several teeth at their one-year birthdays, others may just have one. Don’t worry if your child only has one tooth at his first birthday and his other friends have more than that. Your baby’s doc is looking for at least one tooth that is in the midst of eruption or has already erupted by the first birthday. That means your baby’s tooth development is okay. If there are more teeth than that, terrific. If not, no worries.
Q. How can I tell if my baby is teething?
Babies who are teething have a lower coping threshold and trouble settling down. But, they usually forget the pain of throbbing gums when they are busy playing. As a doc, I think I have heard it all when it comes to symptoms blamed on teething—from runny nose, diarrhea, and fever, to sleep disruption. Teething pretty much gets blamed for everything and is usually responsible for nothing.
Your baby is allowed to have a cold virus AND teething . . . or acid reflux AND teething. It’s a good idea to check things out and not just blame every problem on teething.
First-year molars come in somewhere between 12 to 18 months, even if the more central teeth are not in yet. And yes, these do hurt more than the others when they start to erupt.
Don’t be fooled when your baby starts pulling on his ears—it’s most likely not an ear infection. Look in his mouth. It’s often the jaw pain from the molars that causes the ear pulling. It will save you a trip to the doctor.