The first teeth usually appear in babies between 4 to 7 months of age. However, it is absolutely normal for some babies to start teething as early as 3 months to as late as one year or even older. By age 3 years, your child should have a full set of 20 baby teeth, which should not fall out until the permanent teeth are ready to come, at around six years of age.
Fussiness, drooling and crying can make teething a difficult time for parents and baby alike. Classic signs of teething include drooling, which may begin 1-2 months before the first tooth emerges, irritability or fussiness, swollen gums and chewing on solid objects.
Many parents suspect that teething causes fever and diarrhea, but scientifically this has not been shown to be true. While teething causes symptoms in the mouth and gums, it does not cause problems anywhere else in the body.
Following are some suggestions to help your baby when he/she is going through teething phase:
Rub your baby's gums: Use a clean finger or dampened wash cloth to gently massage your baby's gums. The gentle pressure can have soothing effect.
Offer a teething ring: Try one made of firm rubber. The liquid one may break under the pressure of your baby's chewing.
Keep it cold: A cold wash cloth or chilled teething ring may be soothing. Don't give a forzen teething ring to your baby, though.
Dry the drool: Excessive drooling can cause skin irritation on the face. Keep a clean dry cloth handy to gently dry your baby's chin. Make sure your baby sleeps on absorbent sheet.
Medications: If your baby is particularly cranky, then panadol or ibubrofen can be given on occasional basis. Make sure that the dosage is correct and consult your physician if you have any concern about the dosing, or if you are not sure that fussiness is because of teething. Babies should never be given Aspirin as it can cause a serious side effect.