There are many firsts with a baby. The first smile, first steps, first words, and the dreaded – first tooth. Babies can begin to cut teeth as early as three months of age. While the symptoms differ from baby to baby, there are 7 general signs for teething for child development.
Baby is fussy and irritable. Cutting a tooth is painful. As the tooth slowly rises through the gums it will be tender and uncomfortable. An extended about of irritability is a good sign that your baby is teething.
Drooling. Babies drool a lot, and surprisingly it can increase while teething. A waterfall of drool is very common while your baby is teething. A rash can form on the chin from all the drool exploding from your baby. Keep the chin and area dry to help avoid the rash.
Chewing or Gnawing. Your baby will begin to resemble a beaver as they will want to gnaw or bite down on anything she can get in her hand. Biting down helps relieve the pressure from under the gums. This is probably the most common sign of a teething baby.
Ear pulling or cheek rubbing. The pain of teething can travel to the ears and cheeks and is often associated with a baby getting molars. If your baby is only a few months old, they may have just discovered that they have ears and will want to pull on them any chance she gets. With that being said, this sign shouldn’t be a definitive signal that your baby is teething.
Low fever. Often before a milestone is reached your baby can actually develop a small fever. This is no different while teething. It is important to monitor your baby’s fever and take appropriate action if it persists.
Not sleeping well. The teething process doesn’t sleep which means, you won’t be sleeping either. If your baby wakes up more than usual at night, teeth are probably on the move.
Cold like symptoms. Sneezing, coughing, runny nose may be an indication of teething. It could be caused from your baby putting everything that isn’t nailed down in her mouth, or from the teeth moving effecting the sinus’. Monitor your baby’s symptoms especially if coupled with a fever as it could actually be a cold.
Knowing what to expect is half the battle. If you start to notice these teething signs prepare yourself for a miserable baby. There are many different products available to help your baby through the teething process so consult your doctor to find what works best.
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