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How a Baby Teeth Chart Helps You Survive the Terrible Teething Years  

A baby teeth chart may not be the only survival tool you will need.  But knowing the approximate age for each tooth will help you tell the difference between a random fever and a teething fever.

Recognizing the cause of your baby's fussiness will help you address it.

After their first little tooth comes in you can adjust the chart's date range accordingly.  If your baby gets a tooth at 4 months the others will most likely be early too.

baby teeth chart

This chart shows lower central incisors  erupting  at  age 6-10 months.   Your baby may get his or her first teeth earlier, later or in a slightly different order than the chart shows. 

Most children will have all their baby teeth by age 2 1/2 to 3.

Just as important as following the chart are signs of a new tooth trying to break it's way through your baby's gums.

Signs of Teething

  • Drooling ~  Probably the most common sign of a tooth about to come in.
  • Biting ~ Chewing on something hard relieves sore gums. Babies can turn anything into a teething toy anything is fair game.  Keeping a few clean toys handy is a good idea.  If all else fails your knuckle will do.  Teething toys that can be frozen are extra soothing to sore gums. 
  • Crying ~ Or unusual fussiness can be a sign of teething.
  • Loss of appetite ~ Sore gums make it difficult to eat, babies may revert to a liquid diet while teething.
  • Fever ~ Fevers can occur during teething but could also indicate other problems.  Consult your pediatrician for advise on how to manage a fever and when your baby should be seen.
  • Waking up for no reason ~ Teething can throw even the best sleepers off their game.  Just when you have a good routine established.
  • Diarrhea ~ Diarrhea can sometimes accompany teething 

Babies can have any or none of these symptoms, Since teething occurs off and on for a long stretch of you baby's life, symptoms can overlap and be confused with colds, ear infections, or stomach viruses.  

Since babies can't tell us what hurts, instincts and watching for a combination of tell tale signs while being aware of teeth that are due to erupt helps.   

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