The 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. There are 7 main symptoms and signs of teething
that your toddler may exhibit. The first teething symptom is 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. 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. The next teething symptom you may see is your
baby becoming fussier and crankier. Unfortunately, this does come with the territory of teething.
Your once happy baby is now pretty upset at almost everything. Some ways to help sooth
them is by breastfeeding them or by distracting them with a teething toy to help relieve teething
symptoms. A chilled baby teether can help numb their gums temporarily giving them some
teething relief. When teething, many parents will notice that
their fussiness and crankiness may seem to appear more so at night which can cause trouble
sleeping. 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.
Another sign of teething is 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.
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. 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. These are:
• fever • vomiting
• diarrhea 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 but could be a sign of an infection. 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. There are many natural teething remedies available
from Kute Keiki to use that work instantly. 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!