5 Stages of Teething for Babies From 0 Month to 3 Years Old

Stages of Teething in Babies and Kids
5 Stages of Teething in Babies and Kids | Junior Smiles of Stafford

Babies often begin teething around the age of six months. However, this might vary from kid to child. When a baby’s first set of teeth erupt, they’re normally located in the middle of the upper or lower jaw (lower central incisors or upper central incisors). These stages of teething can be a challenging and unpleasant process for parents and babies. 

Teething is characterized by irritability, excessive drooling, the need to put things or hands in the mouth, and sensitive, puffy gums. The majority of parents believe teething can cause diarrhea and fever, although the evidence suggests the opposite.

Stage 1 (0 to 6 months)

Signs or Symptoms

The jawbones behind a baby’s gums already have a complete set of 20 primary teeth at birth. A baby’s diet at this period is typically milk-based. Therefore these teeth are commonly known as “milk teeth”. 

Stage 2 (6 months)

Signs or Symptoms

In this period, the first teeth begin to appear. It’s common for people to have indications of pain or discomfort before the lower and upper front teeth, known as the incisors, have fully erupted at six months. 

The newborn may begin chewing on toys, hands, or other solid things before the development of teeth due to the uneven edges of the teeth pushing against the gums. Giving newborns something to chew on relieves their pain and keeps them occupied, so be sure to offer them appropriate chew objects.

Keeping a little bib on the infant can help keep their chin dry, as drool is likely to increase during this time. You’ll want to do this to avoid the development of an itchy, inflamed rash around the baby’s mouth and chin.

Stage 3 (10 to 14 months)

Signs or Symptoms

The eruption of the primary molars begins at this time. 

Parental observation will reveal an even more significant increase in drool, crankiness, and the desire to chew on solid objects in this stage compared to stage 2.

Baby’s sleep may become more erratic or “off” throughout stage 3. In the unfortunate event that your baby or child is teething, both you and your child will likely be unable to sleep at night.

Consult a pediatrician if a baby’s pain seems to be becoming worse or if the baby seems to be experiencing excessive discomfort.

Stage 4 (16 to 22 months)

Signs or Symptoms

The teeth (between the upper and lower incisors) are known as canines, and they begin to emerge at this time. 

During this time, you can use the same strategies you used in stages 2 and 3 to keep the baby as comfortable as possible.

Stage 5 (25 to 33 months)

Signs or Symptoms

This is the most excruciating phase of teething for some children. 

Large molars begin to appear at this period. Parents may find their usual methods of calming their children ineffective when dealing with these teeth.

Try a variety of approaches to comfort the child until you find one that works. It’s a good idea for parents to give their toddlers a firm vegetable to chew on because it’s nutritious and valuable. Always watch the child when using this method to prevent choking. 

Read More: What to Do When Your Child is Teething

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