Some babies are born with their first teeth. Others start teething before they are 4 months old, and some after 12 months. But most babies start teething at around 6 months. Baby teeth sometimes emerge with no pain or discomfort at all. At other times, you may notice that:
Some people think that teething causes other symptoms, such as diarrhoea and fever, but there’s no evidence to support this.
Teething can be distressing for some babies, but there are ways to make it easier for them. Every baby is different, and you may have to try a few different things until you find something that works for your baby.
You’ll need to register your baby with a dentist when their teeth start coming through. Start brushing your baby’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as their first milk tooth breaks through. Avoid any foods that contain lots of sugar, as this can cause tooth decay, even if your child only has a few teeth.
You know your baby best. Get medical advice if they have any symptoms that are causing you concern. You can call NHS 111, visit your local pharmacy or contact your GP or health visitor.
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