The Teething Timeline
Babies are born with all 20 teeth, they’re just hidden in the gums. Some start teething as early as three or four months old, others when they’re 12-months old.
- 6-8 months – 2 bottom front teeth, followed by top 2 front teeth
- 9-12 months – 2 either side of the front ones
- 13-15 months – top and bottom molars
- 16-18 months – top and bottom canines
- 2-3 years old – top and bottom secondary molars
Can teething cause a fever?
A low-grade fever with teething is fairly common, but a high fever over 38°C is not. Make sure you call your paediatrician if your child has either one.
When will it end?
Every baby is different but usually by age three, all their primary teeth should have emerged. If you or your child are having a tough time with teething, you can help soothe their pain in several ways.
- Pressure works
Gently rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger or offer a teething ring/dummy made of firm rubber.
- Keep things cool
Chill a teething ring, dummy or wet washcloth – but don’t fully freeze it. Anything too hard can damage their delicate gums. You can also give your child cool, soft foods like applesauce or yogurt if they’re eating solids.
- What to avoid
Avoid rub-on teething gels or liquids for babies less than 2 years old. Many contain benzocaine, an ingredient that can cause dangerous side effects in young babies. Stay away from liquid-filled teething rings, as they may burst. Lastly, never tie a teething ring around your baby’s neck for easy access.
- Try pain relief
Find a pain medicine containing paracetamol –such as TYLENOL® for Babies & TYLENOL® for Children – to ease pain from teething and fever if your baby is uncomfortable.
The information on this page is intended solely as a general education aid and is not intended as medical or healthcare advice, to be used for medical diagnosise or treatment for any individual problem or as a substitute for professional advice from a qualified healthcare provider familiar with your unique facts. You should always talk to your healthcare professional for all health-related matters and before starting any new treatment.