Yikes! Teething can really turn your little angel into a little devil! Or, you may not even notice that your little one has cut their first tooth. Either way, teething happens sooner than you think. There are certain signs and symptoms to watch out for. And, of course, there’s lots to know about the topic. Read on to learn more!
Is your little one around six months of age and do they need to wear a bib constantly? If so, all the drool that is dripping everywhere is one of the first major signs of teething. Babies get teeth at many different ages. I noticed my son begin to massively drool around 3 months of age, but he didn’t cut his first tooth until 7 months old. So, if you notice that your baby is drooling more than usual or excessively, its first tooth may be on the way!
Teething babies want to nibble on anything they can get their hands on. The remote control, their seatbelt, a spoon, your finger – you name it! Babies nibble because the act of biting something relieves the pain and irritation they are feeling inside their mouths. One of the best things you can do is massage your baby’s gums with a cold wash cloth throughout the day or give them a variety of teethers to choose from. It’s wise to place a teether in each room and in your car so they can make themselves feel better quickly.
When my son was just about to cut his first two teeth (yes, many come in two at a time), he was constantly tugging on his ears and crying – especially when eating. Thinking he had an ear infection; my pediatrician told me that pulling on ears is one of the most common signs. However, if your little one is tugging away for over a week and no teeth push through, it may be wise to make an appointment just to get their ears examined.
Most parents notice their baby wakes up more frequently at night when they are teething. Naps during the day tend to be shorter as well. Because the baby is in a quiet room with minimal distractions, they are more susceptible to notice the pain that teething causes at night. If your little one is taking a long time to cut a tooth, there isn’t much you can do except waiting it out, which can be frustrating. One thing that helped me help him get through the night is using a numbing gel before bed and each time he woke.
Loss of Appetite
I could tell when my son’s teeth were really bothering him because he would frequently turn away his bottle and eat significantly less than he normally would. Think about it – if your teeth hurt, would you want someone shoving food in your mouth? Nope! Be patient and receptive when your baby turns down food. They will eat when they are truly hungry and when their mouth is feeling less sore.
While those five symptoms are the big sign of teething, it is also important to regularly examine your child’s mouth once they begin to cut teeth. Teeth come in at all different times; but generally once one comes in, another one is right behind it. Check out this teething timeline to get a better sense of what to expect.
Teething is not fun – especially for your baby. While some lucky parents and kiddos don’t even notice the process, for others it can be excruciating. Pay attention to the signs and symptoms so you can do everything you can to bring comfort to your baby.