Teething time can often be a problem time, not only for baby but for the parents. As baby cuts his teeth, he often becomes unhappy and irritable. He often runs a fever as each new tooth endeavors to cut its way through the gum surface.
Sometimes, the top of the pearly white tooth emerges with little sign of anything more happening. At other times, a bluish-black area may occur over the top of the tooth about to erupt. This may be present for some time.
Teething usually commences about the age of six months. It then continues at intermittent intervals up to the age of two years.
There are enormous variations, and parents frequently become worried that baby is “slow” in teething. There is very little to fear. Invariably, they arrive, all intact, and able to do their appointed duty.
The central incisors on the lower side usually appear first, between five and eight months. The upper central incisors come next, together with the lower lateral incisors. The second molars at the back appear at 20 to 30 months.
Many illnesses may take place during the teething period. Diarrhoea, skin rashes and eruptions, recurring ear infections, and respiratory infections are quite common. These should all be treated. It is wrong to neglect them in the belief they are “due to teething.”