The signs of teething in your baby and what you can do to help.
Most babies will begin to teethe between 4-6 months old. Some babies are born with a tooth or two, some begin teething when they are as young as 6-8 weeks and some babies don't begin to get teethe until they are as old as a year.
Teething can last from anywhere up to 3 weeks before a single tooth is cut. Once the teething process starts, it will continue until all 20 baby teeth come in. It usually takes about the first three years of the baby's life, although all babies are different.
When your baby begins cutting his or her teeth, you will see signs of it. Excessive drooling or crying along with bouts of crankiness and irritability. Your baby might wake up at night or have difficulty sleeping. Babies also start to "gum" everything they can get into their mouths.
As a parent, there are ways you can help your baby cope with the teething pain and feel more comfortable. Stores sell teething rings and anesthetics, like Baby Anbesol, to help. You can also give your baby a chilled washcloth to chew on or rub your baby's gums with your finger.
You can also rub your baby's gums before they begin to cut teeth. This keeps their mouths clean (less plaque build-up) and helps their gums get ready for the teething process to begin.