Your baby may start teething at any time during the first year. It's difficult to know when a tooth will erupt unless you can actually see or feel the tooth. Most babies begin drooling and putting objects in their mouths around 4 months of age, but this does not mean they are teething.

Teething may make some babies fussy or irritable. But, it is important to note that teething does not cause a high fever. If your baby appears sick or has a fever, please call your baby's doctor.

If you think your baby is uncomfortable because of teething, you can help by:

  • Letting your baby suck on a cold teething toy.
  • Using acetaminophen as directed by your baby's doctor. Make sure to follow the doctor's instructions and do not use for more than 48 hours.
  • Avoiding topical medications like Orojel or Numzit, which may lead to allergies.


Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.