Even though most babies start teething around six months, there’re also cases of late teethers that still don’t have a single tooth on their first birthday. That was the case with my baby as well. His first tooth started to show when he was thirteen months old. You can’t imagine how many times I’ve heard people exclaim “Oh, but he doesn’t have any teeth yet!” I guess it’s kind of rare, so I decided to research the reasons for late baby teething and share them with you, in case there’re other moms out there who wonder why their baby isn’t teething yet.
There’re three main reasons for late teething.
The first and most common one is hereditary. If you or your spouse have been late teethers, chances are that your baby will be one as well. That’s our case. I’ve had my first tooth when I was 15 months, so I was prepared for having a late teether from the very beginning. I was actually pleasantly surprised when his first tooth appeared at 13 months, followed shortly by his second one.
The second possible reason for late teething is malnutrition. If your baby is underweight, weak and short of size, you should best consult with your pediatrician. Vitamin D is very important for the baby’s development, as well as calcium, vitamin A and C.
The third reason for late teething might be hypothyroidism. That is, however, very rare, so don’t consider it unless your pediatrician says so. Babies with hypothyroidism are usually overweight and develop at a slower pace than the rest. Some of the symptoms for hypothyroidism are tiredness, headaches, stiffness, etc.
If you’re worried that your baby’s teething late, you can always consult your pediatrician or dentist. However, it’s considered normal your baby’s first tooth to appear until he’s eighteen months. I know it might get weary waiting for the first tooth while all the other babies already have 6-7 or more, but I’ve heard that the later they appear, the stronger they are 😉
Do you have a late teether in the family? When did your baby start teething? Share with me in the comments below.