Most parents, new or repeat, know the difficulties that come along with a teething child. Children can get fussy, have more drool than usual, and may need more attention to ensure they’re comfortable during the teething process. All children have a bit of variance as to when their teeth are supposed to start breaking through the gums, and this is perfectly normal. But how long is this pain supposed to last?
This answer may vary depending on when your child starts teething, and it also depends on the rate at which their teeth are coming in. Some children begin the teething process very early, within the first 4 to 6 months of infancy. If this is the case, your child may be considered an “early teether” and the pain will continue until all of the teeth have broken through the gums. Other children may not start getting teeth until around the age of 1, being “late teethers.”
Once your child has started to teeth, the pain may continue for about 1 to 2 years, as most children have a full set of baby teeth by the age of 3. However, children who begin to teeth earlier may complete the process before children who begin later, meaning that those “early teethers” may have a full set by about 18 to 24 months. “Late teethers” should still have this full set by the age of 3. This is the average rate for most children, so if your child seems to be taking longer to develop their first set of teeth, there is no reason to worry! If you have questions, call your pediatric dentist and get advice from a professional.