Posted by Rowena on October 01, 2003 at 03:19:04:
In Reply to: this is probably a question for the toothfairy.. posted by 98chevy on September 30, 2003 at 17:25:10:
The average age for the appearance of the first tooth is 6 months. However, some babies can be born with teeth and for others the first tooth may not appear until as late as 15 months. Almost always (although expections do occur) the bottom front teeth are the first to appear, followed by the top front teeth.
Often parents become concerned about teething when then witness normal developmental changes that occur when an infant is around 3 months of age. For example a child will start to put their hands in their mouth and chew on fists or fingers. This is basically because babies are in an oral stage of development and love to suck and chew on things. It's not until around this age that a child has developed enough control over their limbs to deliberately place their hand or fingers in their mouth (prior to learning this skill sucking on hands is a 'hit an miss' process). The other sign is drooling, which occurs around this age, teething or not. An increased production of saliva simply means the child's digestive system is maturing in readiness for solids. Although, drooling and chewing can also be signs of teething they are not a definite sign and misinterpreting these signs means parents can wait and wait many months for the appearance of the first tooth.