Baby Teething Pain 101

Teething pain comes from the process of teething, where a baby’s teeth erupt or break through its gums. Below you can find all the information you'll need to understand your baby's teething pain.

When does teething pain start?

The pain associated with teething starts around the same time as the teething process does. Most babies usually start teething around 6 months of age but some early teethers can begin the teething process before they are even 4 months of age, and some late teethers may begin teething after 12 months.

What are the first signs of teething?

Teething symptoms include painful and swollen gums. Be on the lookout for when your baby wants to place an object or hand inside its mouth, as it may be attempting to find some relief from the pain and is often a sign that your baby is teething.

How do you know if your baby is in pain from teething?

Sometimes babies will show no obvious signs or symptoms of teething at all. Other times you may notice:

  • your teething baby's gum is sore and/or red where the tooth is coming through

  • one cheek is flushed/red

  • they keep rubbing their ear
  • your little one is dribbling more than usual
  • they gnaw/chew on anything they can get their hands on (including hands!)
  • your baby seems to be especially fussy, distressed, or irritated

Fever, diarrhea and rashes are not normal symptoms of teething. Always contact your pediatrician if you're unsure.

How long does teething pain last?

Teething pain is often associated with variable levels of pain during the few days before the tooth breaks through the gum line during the teething process. The entire teething process itself can vary greatly, but most babies usually start teething around the 6-month mark, and most children will have all their milk teeth by the time they are 2 ½ years old.

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