Teething is a phase experienced by all babies, and sometimes feared by parents, usually lasting from the age of six months to three years. Some children are just mildly bothered by the appearance of their first teeth, or milk teeth, while others cry a lot, are unable to fall asleep, wake frequently and are generally cranky. The gums are red and sore, drooling is typical and the fingers are repeatedly put into the mouth. It is not uncommon for teething to be compounded by fever, stomach upsets and diarrhea.
Teething pain is felt when the gums become sore and inflamed as the teeth grow and break through the skin. The upper incisors are usually the first to appear, but the molars produce the most discomfort. Often, allowing the infant to bite something fairly hard and cold is helpful.