when does a baby start teething?

So, when does a baby start teething? or to be more precise, at what age does a baby starts teething?

Like with almost everything to do with babies, there is no definite time for things to happen. But there is usually a time when you can expect them to happen and teething is no exception.

At around the age of six months teething usually starts. But it could happen at any time, between three months and up to their first birthday and beyond. Believe it or not some babies are born with teeth already there!


The symptoms:-

Some lucky babies experience no or little discomfort and pain, others will experience some level of pain or discomfort.

Some of the signs are:-

  • Grumpy and irritable baby.
  • Chewing a lot.
  • Dribbling a lot more than you’ve come to know.
  • Red and sore gums.
  • Flushed cheeks.

Although both of my girls had fever and diarrhoea during teething. My mother insists that those are part of the symptoms, the fact is, there is no evidence to co-relate the two.


How to help a teething baby?

For most babies teething is a distressing experience. Luckily there is ways to help your little one’s experience be a lot less stressful.

Guess what  I am going to say? yes you’ve got it! every baby is different and you’ll need to try few different things before you find the right help.

Teething Gel:

Four months old babies can have these gels. Get it from any pharmacy and make sure it is age appropriate for your baby, if in any doubt ask the pharmacist. These gels usually have a  cooling and numbing effect on your baby’s gum. Which relieves the irritation and soothes the pain.

Teething dummies:

They come in too many shapes and colours and you can buy them in children stores, pharmacies and supermarkets. Some of these really cool looking dummies are very cool, in fact, you can put them in the fridge to cool them down. And they , in turn, cool your baby’s sore gum, ahhh! Make sure you read the instructions very well before you use them.  Teething dummies can be a choking hazard so please be very careful when your baby is using one.

Mother’s nature recipe:

If your little miracle is 6 months and older, you can give him/her natural things to chew on, carrots, apple, pear and a bread crust. this will relieve the irritation and get their tastebuds going. Win-win. Babies must be supervised with any of these things because there is a serious choking hazard.


 Congratulations ‘I see TEETH!’

Well, now we really need to start looking after those beautiful teeth. Brush them with a fluoride age appropriate toothpaste and register the little one with a Dentist.Naty


If you do have a question please ask and if you need more information, let us know in the comment box,


8 thoughts on “when does a baby start teething?”

  1. My cousin just started to have his first teeth and he is chewing a lot these days. I will definitely recommend teething dummies to my aunt.

  2. I have recently heard of people putting Amber bracelets or anklets on their babies to help relieve the teething pain. It is something I have been wondering about trying. Is it something you have come across? Would you recommend it and if so do you have any advice on where I could buy them from please? Thank you.

    1. Hi Jess
      How long is a piece of string? The argument for the Amber necklaces, bracelets and anklets is this:
      When your baby wears the item made of Baltic amber their body heat induces the release of an oil that contains succinic acid which is natural. This oil suppose to sooth a swollen or a sore gums. The fact is that there is no medical evidence to support this. I personally don’t recommend them and that’s why I avoided mentioning them in the post and I would stick to the suggestions in the post above.
      But if you do want to give them ago yourself and find out if there is any truth in them here you’ll find a link to take you directly to them:

      If you do use them please let me know what you think of them.

  3. Ah, that’s great to hear the reasoning behind it, thank you. We have managed four teeth without a bracelet, but I guess there are still a few to go so I will let you know if I decide to use them. Thank you.

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