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Signs Your Baby is Teething

Signs Your Baby is Teething

Of the many developmental milestones your little one will experience, teething can be the absolute worst. Recognizing the signs and knowing how to alleviate the symptoms is important is helping your baby through this uncomfortable stage.

Drooling

While your little one is teething, you may notice some extra drool sliding down their chin. Although excessive drool isn’t necessarily a sign of teething, it is a common symptom when baby teeth begin to emerge.

The teeth themselves do not cause the drooling. Your child may be attempting to alleviate the discomfort of teething by placing objects or their hands in their mouth. Because their facial muscles are not fully developed, they have yet mastered the art of closing their lips to prevent drool leakage.

Drooling may lead to rashes or dry skin around your baby’s mouth and, because some drool may end up dripping down your babies throat, loose stools and diarrhea which could cause a diaper rash.

You can help prevent irritation of your baby’s skin by wiping away drool with a soft cloth and using a baby-safe moisturizer to keep their skin from drying and cracking. Help prevent excessive drool on the face by giving your little one a wet, cold cloth to suck on while teething.

Swollen Gums

Teething can be an uncomfortable period of time for babies and the resulting pain is generally caused by swollen gums. Even though your little one’s gums are still soft and pliable at this stage of their development, having tiny teeth poking through is bound to cause discomfort.

Massage your baby’s gums with clean fingers to help alleviate the pain. Talk to your doctor about providing your child with an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Try to avoid numbing gels since they may not be effective and, if swallowed, can cause throat numbness.

Disrupted Sleep and Feeding

Babies spend most of their early days having all their needs immediately met so when something like teething occurs, the discomfort will throw off their life and rock their world. Because of this, you may notice that they are not sleeping as soundly as they once did and they are not eating or feeding as much as usual.

Unfortunately, the best you can do to soothe them through this transition is to treat the symptoms and reduce the irritation. Cold, wet cloths and teething rings can aid in naturally numbing the pain as well as the finger massages on the gums.

If you are breastfeeding, expect some nips and bites as your child deals with the pressure of emerging teeth. Do not get angry with your little one – they are not doing it to hurt you. Simply do your best to soothe and comfort and encourage your baby to continue eating.

Don’t worry if your child is not feeding or eating as much as normal. They will return to their regular eating habits once the discomfort in their mouth dissipates.

Things to Consider

If fever and vomiting accompanies the teething symptoms, speak to your doctor. These are not typically symptoms of teething and may be signs of a virus or other illness. Also, have your doctor check your little one if there is noticeable weight loss due to lack of eating.

Overall, anything that seems odd or out of place with your baby during the teething stage should be checked by a medical professional. Otherwise, it is your love and care that will help your little one make it through this developmental hurdle.