I'm a dentist – what age a baby starts teething and what can you do to help them with the pain | The Sun

IT'S hard to ignore the constant cries and sucking on almost anything, which are pretty good signs your baby might be teething.

But it's a good idea to know your baby's vital stages, and at what age they enter each.

"The most common age for teething is around six months old," said Dr Khaled Kasem, Chief Orthodontist of orthodontics chain Impress.

"But there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to tooth development.

"Some baby’s teeth won’t appear until they reach 12 months old, whereas some are born with teeth."

The bottom front teeth — known as the bottom incisors — tend to be the first to come through.

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"But you’ll be waiting a while longer for the second molars (back teeth) as they don’t usually appear until a child has reached the age of three," Dr Kasem said.

What signs to look for and how to ease the pain

Aside from the obvious discomfort, Dr Azad Eyrumlu, specialist oral surgeon and co-founder of Banning Dental Group, said there are some key signs to look out for.

"Excessive drooling, a slight increase in temperature and chewing on toys or other objects more than usual," he said.

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Luckily there are various ways to help give your baby some relief.

"A range of teething gels, oral oils and granules are widely available from pharmacists and supermarkets, which are rubbed directly onto the gums to help numb the affected area," he said.

“Brands such as Anbesol and Bonjela are among some of the more trusted products, but do make sure you read the guidance before administering to your child."

This aside, cold objects often help soothe the pain and, more importantly, aid a good night’s sleep.

A metal spoon or chilled, damp cloth are both great options.

"But put them in the fridge, not the freezer, so the temperature isn’t too extreme," he said.

Gentle pressure on the gums with a clean finger will help offer some relief too,while some natural remedies might also work.

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Dr Eyrumlu recommends cold Camomile tea – either through small sips or gently rubbed on the affected area – and breastfeeding.

“If the child remains unsettled, suitable over-the-counter medications such as Calpol can help aid pain relief and encourage sleep," he said.

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