When should you give a baby teething biscuits?

Teething should be a normal part of physical development, no more stressful than growing hair. But it's often a cause for concern for some babies. Some babies are born with teeth, some get their first teeth from about six months old, while others will have still have no teeth by the time they're one. It varies. But most children will have all their milk teeth by the time they're two-and-a-half and will begin to get their first 'second' teeth at the back when they are six years old. Studies have shown that babies are more likely to suffer a slight rise in temperature when teeth come through the gums. And, for a number of babies, this can make them a little irritable, more inclined to wake up crying at night, more liable to drool and dribble, and needing more soothing and comfort.

Teething troubles

Teething takes the blame for all sorts of baby complaints - from bad temper and a runny nose to rashes, crying, and extra dirty nappies. Be sure you check with your doctor or health visitor if you're concerned about your baby's behavior, and don't just put it down to 'teething'. Teething shouldn't make babies ill. You may find your baby's gums become red and sore, one cheek may be more flushed, and she may seem more fretful. Dribbling and gnawing is also a common complaint. Again this may not necessarily mean your baby is 'teething' but there are ways to ease your anxiety and your baby's discomfort. When teeth first appear is as unexpected as the timing of baby's first steps, but in general, expects the first sharp nubbin around six months; some babies teethe earlier, some later. Heredity plays a part. If you check your own baby book, if grandmother was a tooth-record keeper, your baby's teething schedule may resemble yours.


Actually, babies are born with a full set of twenty primary teeth. They are just buried in the gums, waiting in line for their time to sprout. Teeth push through in upper and lower pairs, usually the lower appear before their upper gum mates, and girls teethe slightly earlier than boys. The "rule of fours" is how teeth usually appear. Beginning around six months expect four new teeth every four months until complete, usually by two-and-a-half years. Teeth come through gums at unusual angles. Some come out straight, other first appear crooked but straighten as they twist their way through. Don't fret about spaces. It's easier to clean between spaced teeth, and the spacing of baby teeth does not necessarily reflect how the permanent teeth will appear.

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