Is your baby constantly crying? Is anything you do working? It’s no fun when your baby is crying and you have no way of communicating the problem therefore have no idea how to relieve your baby of what is bothering her. Ever considered the fact that your baby might be teething. Oh no! TEETHING! I bet it is the biggest and most challenging obstacle a little baby has to face. Below are teething symptoms for babies to help you know what to keep an eye out for. But first, let’s start at the beginning.
What is Teething?
Teething is when your baby’s first teeth or “milk teeth” start to emerge through the gums. Do not panic if your baby is not teething or has already started teething at 4 months. Teething can begin as early as 3 months to as late as 12 months and often come through as pairs.
How Do You Know Your Baby Is Teething?
Teething is something foreign to your baby and like everything else your baby has to try to figure out what is happening and find coping mechanisms to help relieve the pain. Some teething symptoms for babies include
- More biting than usual – when you start to realize your babies have fingers in their mouth all the time, it is usually a good indication that your baby may be teething or is in the early stages of teething. They will be biting on almost anything they can get their hands on but most of the time it is their toys and fingers. Sucking may also be associated with biting as your baby will be making an attempt to relieve the pain and soothe it by sucking and adding extra moisture through their drool.
- Increased fussiness and irritability – It is understandable that your baby isn’t going to a happy baby if there are teeth trying to penetrate through gums. Your baby’s irritability level will hit sky-high and you will find more crying and moodiness.
- Fever – Your baby may have something referred to as “teething fever” which means your baby’s body temperature will be slightly elevated. Please do not confuse teething fever with an actual fever or cold. Any temperate that is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius is considered to be an actual fever and if this temperature consists please see a doctor or get the relevant medication and treatment for your baby.
- Drooling – Keep an eye out for more than normal drooling. This can also lead to a rash around the mouth area so it is important to wipe away drool but be careful not to wipe too much or too harshly, try to use a slightly damp and warm face cloth or products for sensitive skin for babies as any harsh attempt to clean up your baby’s face can irritate the skin causing or worsening a rash.
- Loss of appetite – It is normal for babies to refuse any food or drink due to the pain that comes with teething.
Your baby’s first tooth is something to celebrate although it may be painful and uncomfortable for your and your baby there is good news. You and your baby will be able to master it as each tooth pops up and before you know it you will know exactly what to do and when to do it. Pretty soon your baby will be stealing foodies off your plate.