Advice from Canpol's experienced mothers.
Teething is always an individual matter. Some babies show first symptoms already at 3 or 4 months (sometimes even at 2 months), whereas others only at about 7-8 months. At first, the baby starts to drool heavily and put his fingers - and later anything within reach, into his mouth to soothe itching gums. Usually teething also involves:
- aching and swollen gums
- higher body temperature
- temporary eating problems
- light swelling
- at times also a light cough.
During this period you should give your baby various teethers which he can safely suck and bite. You can also help him by gently massaging the itching gums with a clean finger or a special silicone brush with studs. This period can last for a couple of weeks or even months. Until the tooth comes out, the baby is often whiny and weepy, doesn't want to eat, and wakes up many times during the night, although sometimes teething can pass almost unnoticed. One day you just discover a hard white line in your baby's mouth.
Both early and late teething run in the family. Therefore, if either you or your husband developed teeth only at around 12 months, don't expect your baby to be much faster. On the other hand, if one of you started teething at a very early age, it's possible the baby will follow in your/his footsteps and develop first teeth already at 4 or maybe even 3 months.