A complete guide to baby teething

Teething is probably one of the toughest stages of development for both you and your baby. It can be very uncomfortable for your little one, painful at times, and it’s difficult for you as a parent to see them in distress. It takes months for that first set of teeth to come through so it becomes a big part of your life when they are an infant, and continues right through to toddler age.

Learning to recognise the signs of baby teething, and what you can do to help teething pain relief and discomfort, can make the journey much easier.

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When will your baby start teething?

Baby teething normally starts around six months of age and completes before the age of three. However, a baby can start to experience teething as early as three months of age and as late as one year old.

Your baby’s milk teeth or deciduous teeth are coming through. Each tooth emerges based on a genetic sequence but there there is no fixed rule.

The following factors determine when your baby will start teething:

  • birth weight
  • congenital influences
  • environmental influences
  • nutrition
  • endocrine disorders
  • genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome


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What are the signs?

Find out how to spot the signs of a teething baby on the next page…