Is my baby teething?
A baby’s first tooth usually appears between 8 and 12 months of age. Many symptoms, such as gum irritation, irritability, loose stools, and drooling, have been associated with teething, but none are particularly reliable. Some babies have no symptoms and others are a little bothered for a few days. Families who feel they need to relieve their baby’s discomfort can let the baby chew on cold teething rings or wet face cloths, or rub the baby’s gums with a clean finger. Medication can be dangerous and are not recommended. Teething necklaces may contain bacteria and also pose a strangulation risk. Teething does not cause high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, major irritability, or a sudden change in breastfeeding patterns.