Fast facts about teething

  • Babies usually start teething at around 6 months59
  • The two bottom front teeth are the first to appear, followed by the two top front teeth59
  • Teething does not cause a high temperature or diarrhoea59
  • Over-the-counter analgesics that contain paracetamol and/or ibuprofen may help to ease the pain59

The most common time for a baby's first tooth to erupt is at around 6 months, starting with the front incisors.59 The two bottom front teeth usually appear first, followed by the two top front teeth.59 Your baby will start drooling and chewing on objects because of sore, tender gums around the time that the tooth is preparing to erupt through the gum.59 The discomfort will make them irritable and cranky.59 They may run a slight fever.59

Helping your child at home

Young babies benefit when you gently rub their gums with a clean finger, or a clean piece of gauze cloth wrapped around your finger.59 A cold teething ring can also offer relief.59 Babies tend to drool, so keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby’s chin and apply a moisturiser to prevent irritation.

Would an analgesic be of value?

Yes, ask your doctor or pharmacist for an over-the-counter analgesic that contains paracetamol and/or ibuprofen to help ease the pain.59 Follow the dose recommendation for your child’s age.

When to see a doctor

There's no clear evidence to show that teething causes high temperatures or diarrhoea.59 Contact your doctor if your child has a fever of 38°C or over, diarrhoea, or any other symptoms that are not commonly related to teething.59

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