Having a cranky baby at about 6 to 9 months is a sign that he or she might be teething. This is usually the time when these tiny tots start teething and give their parents a hard time. They start refusing food and become weak. Some babies show biting behaviour, which is not ordinary.
A baby may start teething as early as 3 months but the average age for teething is 4 to 7 months. Lower central incisors are the first teeth to come through and the second molars are the last ones.
Timeline for baby teeth to come through
There is a definite timeline for all baby teeth to come through and the process starts at about 6 months.
Here is a complete timeline for all teeth:
• Lower and upper central incisors: 6 to 9 months
• Lower and upper lateral incisors: 10 months
• First molars: 13 to 15 months
• Canines: 18 months
• Second molars: 24 months and older
Keep this list handy and refer to it when your baby starts teething at about 6 months of age. Some parents get concerned if the first tooth doesn’t show up even after their baby is six months old. But it is perfectly normal for babies to wait till at least 12 months before their first tooth emerges.
Till about 24 months or 2 years, the entire mouth of your baby would be filled up with tiny milk teeth, also known as primary teeth. These are about 20 in number. A baby may start the crankiness even weeks before the tooth actually comes out.
So, you should watch out for signs and keep checking your baby’s mouth with your finger to see if there is any swelling or pain. You may keep a mild pain killer handy to make this process easy for your child.
To ease the pain and irritation, start giving your child hard foods like apple. A teether is also a good choice. Make sure it is clean and washed every time before a baby starts chewing on it.
Chilled teethers or teething toys are liked by many children as they also soothe their gums and relieve them of pain in the gums. You can find tons of these toys online and in stores. There is also a set of toothbrushes that comes in handy at this stage. It consists of very soft bristles to soothe the baby’s gum line.
How early can babies teeth come through? Well, the answer to this is around 3 to 6 months for early bloomers and about 1 year to 18 months for late bloomers. But after this time, if not even the first incisor has come out, you should take your child to a child’s specialist and voice your concerns.
It is often difficult to feed these babies because they have no teeth. You have to grind and blend each and every food item you choose. But once the teeth start showing there is no need to grind the foods as the babies are now able to chew and grind on their own.