The first tooth should be a huge milestone in your child’s life; however it is usually one fraught with much discomfort, crying and irritability. Most infants begin to get their first tooth between 6 and 8 months although this will vary greatly between babies. The first tooth is usually one of the bottom teeth (incisors) which is then usually followed by its neighbor as teeth tend to come out in pairs.
As your child’s first tooth begins to come through, you can expect your little one to become more fretful and irritable due to the pain and discomfort of teething. The first signs of teething usually include an increase in crying and irritability, excessive drooling and your baby’s gums may also appear red, swollen and hard.
You may also notice that you child wants to put everything in his or her mouth and is often biting on something. It is not uncommon for infants to experience a loss of appetite or a low grade fever at this time, however, any high fever or prolonged fever should not be attributed to teething and you should consult your baby’s health care provider for any fever concerns.
Teething can be a stressful time for parents too as it is difficult to see your little one in so much pain and discomfort. Keep in mind that teething is a necessary stage of development, as cruel as it may seem, and that it is not something that lasts forever. For most children, the first tooth is the worst and they tend to get easier after that. By the age of three your child should have a full set of teeth!