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Teething: Signs, Symptoms And Relief

  • How do you help your baby through the teething process, and what can you do?
  • Teething is an essential part of your baby’s growth, but it might leave your baby a little distressed.
  • Here’s a guide to help you care for your baby during this phase of growth.

What is teething?

Teething happens when your baby’s teeth start pushing through the gums, which can leave the gums red, sore, and painful. This process takes around 8 days per tooth, about 4 days before the tooth comes out and 4 days after.

There are no set rules to this. When it comes to teething, babies experience the process in different ways. A good way to prepare for this phase in your baby’s growth is to know the signs when you see them.

Signs and symptoms of teething

You won’t always be able to see your baby’s tooth appearing. You might only feel a bump. Sometimes teeth may emerge with no discomfort – but this is not always the case. Some questions to consider to help you understand if your child is teething include:

  • Does your baby have flushed cheeks?
  • Are their gums sensitive and red?
  • Are they dribbling excessively
  • Are they chewing whatever they can find?
  • Are they crying?
  • Are they rubbing their ear?
  • Do they wake up at night distressed?
  • Are they refusing food?

Always seek medical advice if you are concerned about your baby’s symptoms.

The Teething process:

Your baby’s bottom front teeth will usually be the first to come through, followed by their upper front teeth. Every baby is different, but here’s a rough order of how baby teeth emerge:

  • Months 6-10 – Bottom front teeth
  • Months 8-12 – Top front teeth
  • Months 9-13 – Either side of the top front teeth
  • Months 10-16 – Either side of bottom front teeth
  • Months 13-33 – Back teeth

How to relieve teething discomfort

Different comforts help different babies. Through trial and error you can find what works for your baby. Some things to try include:

Teething rings:

If your baby feels the need to chew something, a teething ring might be a good option. The counter pressure from biting works to help ease their discomfort. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions that come with your teething ring of choice. Massaging your baby’s gums with your finger is another option.

Keeping their mouth area clean:

If your baby is dribbling more than usual, be sure to gently wipe away the dribble to help prevent a rash.

Comforting your baby:

Extra cuddles and hugs help to comfort your baby and distract them from pain, especially when teething is disrupting their sleep.

Why Nurofen For Children can help

Nurofen for Children contains ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory pain reliever which can help relieve pain associated with teething. It can be given to young children aged 3 months and older (and weighing over 6kg) to provide up to 8 hours of fever relief *, and it starts to work from just 15 minutes. Each bottle of Nurofen for Children liquid suspension also comes with an easy-to-use dosing device and is available in pleasant tasting, sugar free strawberry or orange flavours.

When to seek medical help

Contact your doctor if you notice swelling around your child’s face or mouth, if there is bleeding or pus in their gums, or if your child is unwell or in a lot of pain. You should also see your doctor if you’re unsure or concerned in any way.

Finally, be aware that your child’s teeth can be at risk of tooth decay as soon as they appear – be sure to take them to regular dental check-ups from an early age to help keep their pearly whites healthy.


This article is for general information only and not intended as a substitute for medical advice. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health-related matters, always consult your healthcare professional.

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* Autret-Leca E, et al. 2007(sponsored by RB).