Top 7 Teething Symptoms & Signs Your Baby Will Show
If there is one milestone that isn’t quite so fun to go through with your precious little one, most parents would say that teething is definitely the worst.
Your otherwise perfectly happy baby seems to change personalities overnight as they become more irritable. It may seem like there is nothing you can do to soothe them. They are cranky, tired and just plain upset. Most babies begin teething between 4–6 months, though it can happen earlier or later for some. If you are wondering when your child may pop their first tooth, ask your own mom when your first tooth came in. The age that your baby cuts their first tooth generally depends on your family history of teething. Pretty neat!
So what actually happens when your baby begins to teeth? When an emerging tooth begins to push through the gum, to relieve this pressure that your baby feels, they want to chomp on things — really anything that they can get their tiny hands on. This instinct to chew on something is the response to the sensation that their mouth feels different. This new pressure can cause your baby’s gums to be swollen or even have a bruised look to it. Chewing on things relieves some of that pressure.
There are 7 main symptoms and signs of teething that your toddler may exhibit.
1. Excessive Drooling
While it can be a bit messy and eventually you will get used to all the wet marks on your shirts, the excessive drooling that comes with teething does serve a purpose. Drool protects baby’s gums from the many objects around the house that your baby will try to teeth on and put in their mouth. There are antibodies that are found in drool that helps protect you little one from all the germs that may be on all those things they put in their mouth. A good tip is that instead of feeling you need to change their onesie every hour due to the access drool, keep a drool bib on them. This way it will help absorb their saliva without having to continuously change their outfit.
2. Tooth Sprouting
The best way to figure out if your baby is teething is to actually poke around in their mouth yourself. What you are feeling for is a bit of a ridge that may be found on the front or bottom of their mouth. Generally, the lower bottom front teeth are the first to come in followed by the two top front teeth. Poke your finger a bit around to feel the ridge of their first tooth sprouting out of their gums.
3. Fussiness & Crankiness
Unfortunately, this does come with the territory of teething. Your once happy baby is now pretty upset at almost everything. Some ways to help soothe them is by breastfeeding them or by distracting them with a teething toy to help relieve teething symptoms. Another great technique is giving them a cool wash cloth to chew on. The coldness of the washcloth can help numb their gums temporarily giving them some type of teething relief.
4. Trouble Sleeping
When teething, many parents will notice that their fussiness and crankiness may seem to appear more so at night. The tooth moves through the bone and through the gum into stages which can be very irritating to your little one. At night there really isn’t much distracting them, just the pain in their gums is unfortunately the only thing they can focus on. While this is one of the hardest symptoms of teething, know that it will not last forever.
5. Teething Cough
Teething cough is caused by harmless drainage of all the excess saliva your little one is producing from teething down the back of their throat. While it may seem that your baby has an endless fountain of saliva that drools down the front of their mouth, there does have a bit of saliva that drips back down. The cough is your baby trying to clear it out.
6. Putting Things in Mouth and Chewing
There is an instinctual response that babies have when they are teething and have teething symptoms. They will have a desire to put almost anything in their mouth, not only as their way of exploring but also as a way to relieve the pressure of their gums. When they are chewing on items this will help their gums feel better and help their tooth break free.
While we never want our child to experience pain, it is a necessary evil with teething and growing up. There is definitely a bit of discomfort when your baby is teething and it doesn’t feel good when your teeth are trying to break through your gums for the first time. Make sure you have some cold items that your baby can chew on and something to distract them with such as some baby teething toys. Even feeding will help them get through this painful milestone.
3 Teething Signs and Symptoms that are Not Caused by Teething
Though there are many symptoms that correlated with teething, there are some teething symptoms that parents see that they may mistakenly believe are from teething.
While you may see that these types of symptoms seem to only appear when your baby shows signs of teething, they are not necessarily teething symptoms. Because your little one is trying to find relief from the pressure that is building up in their gums and putting their mouths on almost everything, they may have mistakenly put something in their mouth that has bacteria causing them to get sick and show these unfortunate teething symptoms. These symptoms should be treated seriously and a doctor should be consulted. To avoid your little one from getting sick, make sure that you have teething toys readily available and wash them every night. Choose items that can be put in the dishwasher and sanitized under high heat. Though it is difficult, try to be diligent on what you baby puts in their mouth and always wash your hands. This will help your baby from mistakenly putting bacteria in their mouth.
Soothe Away Teething Symptoms Naturally
Teething is not a fun milestone for any parent or baby to go through. There will be late nights and times where it may seem like there is nothing that will soothe your baby. If you are truly concerned, consult a doctor to talk about different techniques to help get your baby some natural teething relief. Remember that the teething phase won’t last and with new teeth comes new and fun foods to begin trying out. Soon they will have a full set of teeth in their mouth and you won’t believe how fast it has gone. No longer a baby, they will be a full mouth of teeth toddler letting you know exactly what they do and do not want. You’ll start to miss those baby days!
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