Pharmacy Corner
Colic and Teething: Irritable, crying, fussy baby and it’s not a fever! Teething - Signs and Symptoms

1. When will my baby start to get teeth?

Every child is unique, and teething will start at a different time for everyone. The average age for teething is between 4-12 months.14,15 Your baby should have their full set of 20 primary teeth (also known as baby teeth) by the age of three.16 By 5-6 years old, your child will start to lose their baby teeth to make room for their permanent teeth. Teething occurs in a set pattern, where the upper teeth usually come out 1-2 months after the same tooth on the lower teeth.14

Baby teeth

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2. What are the symptoms of teething?14

About 2 out of 3 children will have some symptoms when they start teething. These symptoms start about 4 days before the tooth breaks through the gum, and will peak on the day of or before you can see it, and will normally get better about three days after it pokes through the gum.

Symptoms include:

  • Gum redness, irritation, swelling and tenderness
  • Gum rubbing, biting or chewing on hard objects
  • Drooling (this can cause irritation of the face and a skin rash)
  • Lowered appetite and increased thirst
  • Irritability, restlessness, crying, not sleeping well
Did you know?

Did you know?

The teething period is an 8-day window. Once you see the tooth, they only have a few more days left of symptoms.


Baby fever

3. My baby has a fever with teething, is this normal?

Teething is NOT linked with vomiting, diarrhea, malaise, rashes and FEVER.14 Fever is not normal with teething. When your baby is teething, this should not make them sick or give them a fever.15 For more information on fever management, visit Fever in Children: Sorting Facts From Myths