Teething

  • A baby’s teeth usually start to come in between 6 and 12 months.
  • Children grow at their own pace and some babies may take a bit longer for their teeth to come in (up to 18 months for some children).
  • Take your baby to the dentist or to Elgin St. Thomas Public Health by age 1, or sooner if you see white or brown spots on your baby’s teeth.

If teething is making your baby unhappy you can:

  • Rub the gums with a clean finger or with a small, cool spoon.
  • Rub the gums with a soft, wet wash cloth.
  • Give baby a clean, safe teething ring.

Ask your doctor about which ones are safe.

A teething baby may:

  • Be fussy and cranky
  • Drool
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Not want to eat if their gums are sore

A teething baby will NOT have:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Runny nose
  • Ear ache
  • Never ignore a fever. New teeth do not make babies sick or give them a fever. If your child has a fever, take your child to a doctor.

Here is what you should NOT do:

  • Do NOT give your child painkillers or gels that can be rubbed on the gums. Even gels or tablets that say they are for babies are not safe for children under 2 years old.
  • Do not give your child any gels or tablets unless your doctor has told you that it’s safe to do so.
  • Do NOT give your child teething biscuits or cookies. They may have sugar (even hidden sugar) which can cause cavities.
Last Updated: December 14, 2017