6 little-known signs that your baby’s teething

Know just what to expect when bubba’s teething. Plus, get expert advice on how to soothe those swollen gums!

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Your newborn will start to teethe at around the time you start weaning them off their milk feeds, around 6 months of age.

Associate Professor Catherine Hong, assistant dean at the National University of Singapore’s dentistry faculty, notes that the two lower front teeth ― the incisors ― will be the first to come in. “This is followed by the four upper front teeth, then the remaining two lower front teeth, followed by teeth at the back, called molars.”

You should also note that your kewpie’s teeth also tend to erupt two at a time — one on each side — on the left and right. By age 3, their once gummy grin would have typically turned into a full set of 20 milk teeth. And it’ll stay that way until they’re about age 7.

That said, Prof Hong notes that it’s also not uncommon for some children to get their first tooth only at age 1. “As such, do not panic if your child’s teething status doesn’t follow the [usual] sequence.”

In rare instances, your child’s teething will be delayed if they have a missing tooth bud, hormonal problems or rare genetic disorders. Do bring your child to a dentist if his or her first tooth has not erupted by 18 months.

Otherwise, you should look out for signs of teething. Prof Hong notes that common indications include biting on their fingers or toys to relieve their sore gums. Here are some other lesser-known signs of teething to watch for:

1) Bubba’s sleeping pattern is disrupted Sore gums won’t just make your mini-me more irritable during the day, their sleep patterns will also be affected. Instead on sleeping on their side, they’ll be twisting and turning to find a more comfortable position.  

2) Tugging at their ears or touching their chin and cheeks It’s a natural reaction for your little one to self-soothe, so they try and ease the pain by exerting pressure on their trouble spots.