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Baby teething symptoms

When it comes to teething, all babies are different. But your baby will probably get their first tooth some time during their first year.

Keep reading to find out how to spot when your baby is teething and what order your baby's teeth are likely to appear in.

When do babies start teething?

Some babies are born with their first teeth. Others start teething before they are four months old, and some after 12 months. Early teething should not cause a child any problems, unless it affects their feeding.

Teething symptoms

Baby teeth sometimes emerge with no pain or discomfort at all. At other times, you may notice that:

  • your baby's gum is sore and red where the tooth is coming through
  • one cheek is flushed
  • your baby is dribbling more than usual
  • they are gnawing and chewing on things a lot
  • they are more fretful than usual

Some people think that teething causes other symptoms, such as diarrhoea and fever, but there's no evidence to support this.

You know your baby best. If they have any symptoms that are causing you concern, then seek medical advice. You can call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 (or NHS 111 if available in your area) or contact your GP.

What order do baby teeth appear in?

Here's a rough guide to how babies' teeth usually emerge:

  • bottom front teeth (incisors) – these are usually the first to come through, at around 5 to 7 months
  • top front teeth (incisors) – these tend to come through at around 6 to 8 months
  • top lateral incisors (either side of the top front teeth) – these come through at around 9 to 11 months
  • bottom lateral incisors (either side of the bottom front teeth) – these come through at around 10-12 months
  • first molars (back teeth) – these come through at around 12-16 months
  • canines (towards the back of the mouth) – these come through at around 16-20 months
  • second molars – these come through at around 20 to 30 months

Most children will have all of their milk teeth by the time they are two and a half years old.


Last Updated: 08/11/2017 13:29:13