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What is the right age for teething?

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Dr. Sayed Mujahid Husain, Paediatrician with Apollo Medical Centre, Bangalore, India explains the normal growth pattern of milk teeth in children starts around the age of 6 months.

Teething is the eruption of the first set of teeth in children. Few exceptional cases of teething may start before or after six months of age. The developmental milestones of every child are different. The lower front incisors are the very first one to appear, followed by upper incisors and other teeth as explained in the video by Dr. Sayed.

Some of the children experience discomfort while teething, while for others it might just be a piece of cake. If your little one has been showing below-mentioned symptoms, it certainly means that their new teeth are making their way out:

  • Secrete excessive saliva
  • Become very cranky
  • Start chewing on every possible stuff
  • Have red and sore gums
  • Refuse to drink or eat

Another common symptom that is considered a sign of teething is diarrhoea. But, diarrhoea is not caused because of teething. Rather, it is caused due to the habit of children putting things in their mouth, which may lead to the onset of stomach infections.

A typical timeline of teething in children starts at the age of ~six months. By the end of 3 years of age, a child should have 20 primary milk teeth. In case, your child does not; it is advisable to consult your doctor. Also, teach your child about dental hygiene as early as possible. Cases of dental problems are very common these days.

You can certainly help your child during teething. Massaging their gums with clean fingers, giving them teething rings or cool carrot sticks are some of the safe options. If your child appears to be under extreme discomfort, reach out to your paediatrician.

A yearly dental check-up for your child, is advisable by most of the dentists, to reduce the risk of tooth cavities.

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