Seeing first tooth of the baby! How exciting it is!!! Being a mother is an outstanding feeling for every woman and each woman in the world wait for this moment, but…but…but…in contrast it comes with a big responsibility. You observe that your precious little one is growing day by day. Somewhere you have to also face the days of gripes and ceaseless crying of your baby when your baby’s first tooth will make their entrance. No one can say exactly when the teething process will start for your baby; however, there are number of signs and symptoms which can show she’s on the way. There’s no prediction about how long or how uncomfortable the process of teething will be for the baby. The severity and type of these symptoms differ extensively from baby to baby.
Your baby’s first tooth can make their grumpy entrance anywhere between 3 and 12 months; the 7th month is the average time of emergence of the tooth. It is surprising to note that the symptoms of teething can appear as much as 2 to 3 months previous to the arrival of first tiny tooth. Symptoms of the baby teething vary greatly from one baby to the next; for one baby, teething means hordes of discomfort and big-time tears while for another child, it might breeze right throughout the arrival of mouth full teeth without any complaint. Crabbiness, drool, and ear pulling are some of the common signs and symptoms that baby teeth are on their way.
Teething signs and symptoms to look for
In and near baby’s mouth
At the 3 to 4 months of age, your baby may start drooling more frequently than normal. Teething stimulates drooling; the condition when saliva flows outside the mouth. It’s hard to consider that so much fluid comes from the mouths of tiny babies; you might find that shirts of your baby are abruptly wet. To stave off chapping, gently clean her chin during the day. Pooling saliva can lead to a slight cough or even activate the gag reflex.
- Chin or face rash
Your baby may get a dry skin rash or chapping around her chin and mouth or even on her neck if she is releasing prodigious amounts of drool. To prevent this chapped skin and rashes, gently wipe your baby’s mouth and chin at a time throughout the day. If your baby has already developed chin or face rashes, moisturize it using a gentle skin cream.
Heavy drooling can lead your baby to infrequently cough or gag. You don’t have to worry about this if your baby has no other signs of flu, cold, or allergies and does not run a high fever.
- Biting & gnawing
A teething baby will gum and gnaw down on anything he or she can get around their mouth. The counter pressure from teeth poking through under the gums leads to a lot of discomfort to the baby; and that can be only relieved by biting on something, which helps to relieve pressure from under the gums and for the short term, numbs the pain. Teething babies will bite and gnaw down whatever comes in their hands, from rattles and teething rings to your soon-to-be painful nipples (if you’re feeding your babes) and fingers. Teething aids that specially intended for babies are safe and effective.
- Cheek rubbing and ear pulling
While teething, pain in the gums may spread to the cheeks and ears especially when the back molars pop up. For that reason, you may observe that your baby pulling at their ears or rubbing their cheeks. However, remember that pulling at an ear can also be a symptom of an ear infection, particularly when escorted by a fever so check with your pediatrician if you think that your baby may be troubled by more than just teething.
This symptom is disagreed by physicians and researchers but most of the parents generally notice that their teething babies have bouts of slightly looser bowel movements. The recent research done by the Children’s Hospital in Australia has found that diarrhea is the most common symptom of baby’s teething. There are still many people that will disagree with this recent study. Researchers believe that the most probable cause of this is the swallowing of the extra saliva which unties the stool. Be sure and always report to your doctor if it lasts more than two bowel movements.
- Low-grade fever
Another symptom of baby teething is fever that doctors are sometimes tentative to directly link with. Many parents find that their baby gets a low-grade fever while teething. As the first teeth pop up in mouth, babies lose their immunity that they obtained from Mom, which makes them more vulnerable to infections and bugs. As the inflammation takes place anywhere in the body, sometimes inflamed gums be responsible for low-grade fever (< 101° F, measured rectally). If the temperature increases above 39oC (102oF) or if fever lasts for more than 2 days, the best thing is to notify your doctor.
Baby’s discomfort while teething may disrupt her nighttime sleep even if she previously slumbers through the night. You may find that your child wakes more frequently at night. Before giving her comfort, observe if she can settle herself. If she is restless, calm her with patting or by singing a soothing song; however evade a return to nighttime feedings as it will return to trouble you when teething is done.
Your baby’s gums may become gradually more sore and painful as the sharp little tooth emerges near to the surface; so your baby becomes very fussy. As that little tooth pokes up to the surface and presses on the gums, your baby’s mouth will ache. Some babies may get tetchy for only a few hours, but other babies can stay grumpy for days or even weeks. Every infant reacts differently to the teething ache.
- Fasting or Refusal to feed
Uncomfortable, irritable babies crave to be soothed by something in their mouths – whether a nipple or the bottle. However, sucking movements can worsen pain or teething pressure. Therefore, teething babies are picky about feedings (and get more aggravated as neither their soreness nor their hungry tummies get relief). They may refuse to nurse or eat. Babies who are consuming solid foods may also refuse to consume foods during teething.
Baby Teething Basics (Baby Health Guru) video from Youtube: