The Developing Child: Infant Teething Stage

Newborn babies have their own stages of physical development that have their own timeline too. A physical change in infancy includes hair growth stage, bone and muscle growth, weight, height, and the infant teething stage. As a parent, you have to keep an eye on these changes to know what changes are advanced or delayed.

Your baby will be having a hard time with these changes so also must be informed on what particular stage your baby is in depending on their age. One of the stages in physical changes in infancy that your baby will struggle with is the infant teething stage.

How Soon Does The Infant Teething Stage Starts?

Physical changes in infancy happen one by one or maybe even at the same time. The baby’s first tooth will appear once they reach six months old and this is going to be a memorable moment for parents. The developing child is going to have a lot of firsts, but it is a hard adjustment for infants. So to know if your baby is about to have their first tooth here are the symptoms you have to look out for:

  • Swollen Gums
    Since this is going to be the first time for babies to grow teeth their gums will have a little bit of inflammation. This is for the reason that the teeth are breaking out of the baby’s gums.
  • Flushed Cheeks
    Flushed cheeks are caused by the inflammation of gums.
  • Dribbling
    When a tooth is growing the baby feels as if their whole mouth has inflammation too. The mouth produces extra saliva to lubricate swollen gums.
  • Restlessness
    The inflammation of the gums caused by teething irritates the infant that’s why they can’t stay put in one place. Babies became aggressive when they are irritated and bothered so bear with them and help with this adjustment.
  • Mild Fever
    Mild fever is the effect of the baby being irritated from the feeling of teething is giving to them. However, if your baby’s temperature reaches more than 101 degrees this is not about teething anymore there’s a possibility that they are infected somewhere.

  • Hand Gestures that Lessens the Grumpiness
    Babies either pull their ears on the same side where the tooth is going to grow, or they suck fingers and their fists.

These symptoms may happen for months because teething does not happen in just a day. The typical teething stage lasts up to the 31st month of an infant’s life. You are going to be struggling with your baby’s bad temper for some months but as time goes by you are already used to it, and you know now what to do. To alert parents of what tooth will grow out here is a timeline of the infant teething stage:

Central Incisors- the growth of the front teeth occurs within 6-10 months old of the infant.

Lateral Incisors- these are the teeth beside the central incisor, and it grows within the 10th to 16thmonth of the child’s life.

Canine- both teeth beside the lateral incisors that grow when the baby reached the age of 17-23 months old.

First Baby Molar- the baby will have their fourth teeth when they are already 14-18 months.

Second Baby Molar- teeth that grow in between the 23rd and 31st month of the infant.

Teething is just part of the physical changes in infancy; a lot of changes will happen to your child as they grow. What’s important is that you get to be there for them to guide and assure them that these are normal. Spec Kid Club is happy to be of help with parents who are struggling with parenthood. Visit us at, and we are happy to help you with parenting concerns.