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Most pēpi (babies) start to show their pēpi teeth when they're around 6 months old. As the teeth push through their gums, pēpi can become irritable. They may have unsettled sleep, drool or dribble more and may go off their food a bit.

Teething symptoms

Teething symptoms happen in stages as each new tooth comes through and continues until your tamaiti (child) is around 3 years old.

Most pēpi seem to get relief from cooling their gums and chewing. You could try a facecloth run under cold water for your pēpi to chew on or use a specific teething toy that you can put in the fridge (not the freezer).

Teething doesn't make pēpi sick. If your pēpi is unwell, check with your Well Child Tamariki Ora nurse or your GP.

The following link gives more information and advice about what to expect and how to help your pēpi while they're teething.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed March 2022.

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