A child’s teeth actually start forming before birth. As early as 4 months of age, the primary or “baby” teeth push through the gums. The lower central incisors are first, then the upper central incisors. The remainder of the 20 primary teeth typically erupt by age 3, but the place and order varies.
Gums are tender and sometimes this can make for an irritable child. Rubbing sore gums gently with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon or a cold, wet cloth helps soothe the gums. Teething rings work well, but avoid teething biscuits—they contain sugar that is not good for baby teeth.