Help! My two-month-old baby has developed teeth

The first teeth babies grow are called milk teeth. The time these teeth begin to erupt is variable, primarily due to genetic factors


BY Dr Vincent Karuhanga


The vast majority of babies sprout their first tooth between four and seven months of age. However, there are babies whose teeth sprout early as Dr Vincent Karuhanga explains.


Dear Doctor: I am in distress because my baby, who recently made two months, has developed a tooth on the upper side. I see my friends’ children develop teeth after seven months, why is my child getting hers early?
— Jennifer

Dear Jennifer: The first teeth babies grow are called milk teeth. The time these teeth begin to erupt is variable, primarily due to genetic factors. It is true that baby teeth begin to develop before they are born but do not erupt until about six months of age when the first teeth (two bottom central teeth called incisors) begin to break through the gums. However, one in 2,000 babies may be born with a tooth and so your baby at two months does not pose any health dangers.
Eruption of milk teeth is similar in both sexes but permanent teeth tend to appear earlier in girls.

Teething 101
Fortunately, there are some signs to watch for as this developmental milestone approaches that can help make teething easier for your baby — and for you.
When do babies start teething? Most babies grow their first tooth around seven months old, although there’s a wide variation in timing of teething. For example, some babies grow their first tooth as early as two or three months whereas others don’t get one until after their first birthday. Teething symptoms, however, can precede the actual appearance of a tooth by as much as two or three months.

In what order do teeth appear? The most common first teeth are the two in the bottom centre, followed by the two in the top centre. Then, the pattern goes outward with lateral incisors, which are in the next spot over, followed by the first molars, or the molars closest to the opening of baby’s mouth. Then come the canines on either side of the lateral incisors and last are the second molars in the very back.
What not to worry about: Teething can cause bleeding under the gums, which may look like a bluish lump in baby’s mouth. It’s nothing to be concerned about and can be relieved with cold counterpressure using a cool wet washcloth.

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