As early as three months old, your baby may already develop what are known as primary or “milk teeth”. It really varies per child, but normally, teething happens between the sixth or seventh month and when he turns one year old. The time of a child’s teething development is also usually hereditary, and may depend on how early or late his parents developed their own first set of teeth.
How can you check if baby is teething? Because the feeling of teeth breaking out from his gums can be a rather uncomfortable one, baby will normally exhibit signs of needing to gnaw or bite on something to counter the pressure. Thus we have products in the market like teething rings and toys. Other than these, your baby may just very well chew on anything in sight, including his very own fingers! The whole process turns them into drool machines, so make sure they don’t choke on their saliva. The drooling phase can take as long as two months, until the first tooth comes out.
Baby will also become cranky and irritable, because teething also causes a certain amount of pain on their gums.
Also watch out for the following symptoms: • Rubbing of cheeks or pulling of ears. This is because the pain may reach the ears and cheeks. • Chin rashes, due largely to the excessive and constant amount of saliva due to teething. • Sleeplessness. The pain can be a bit unbearable during the breaking out of the first molars. • Cold-like symptoms. Mostly due to him having his hands in his mouth all the time.