Most babies get their first milk tooth at around six months, usually in front and at the bottom, but there are cases of babies born with a tooth and toddlers who have no teeth! Your baby may not have teeth by the time you are ready to introduce solids at 17 weeks but that will not affect their ability to eat, so there is no need to worry.
The first teeth are often a painful experience, whatever your child’s age. Even if the tooth appears at six months, teething can start as early as three months. Your healthcare professional will suggest giving your child paracetamol for the pain and offering a teething ring to chew. Teething gels and powders are also available, but are usually recommended after four months.
Signs your baby is teething include excessive drooling, chewing on fingers and anything they can reach! If you are breastfeeding, give your child a teether to chew before a feed.