Teeth normally appear at around six months.

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From the age of three months, signs of teething may include:

  • Dribbling more than usual
  • Red cheeks
  • Sore red gums

Easing teething

Gently massaging gums with a clean finger or a dry toothbrush or a teething ring can be soothing for teething babies.

Excessive dribbling can irritate your baby's chin, neck and chest, which can become dry, chapped and sore. Try to keep the skin as dry as possible and change any wet clothing. Apply a simple barrier cream to keep the skin soft and smooth.

Ask your health visitor or dental team for advice on how best to help your baby at this time or visit the Ready Steady Baby (external link) website for more ideas.