9 SIGNS OF TEETHING
Oh the joys of teething! Teething can start anytime around three months old until all of the teeth come in by 31-33 months old. Some babies get their teeth and you never really know that they were teething until you see a tooth, and others teeth so bad that they become sick, fussy, won’t eat or sleep! Teething Time is one of the hardest parenting stages for most parents, it can be a very stressful time. The lack of sleep, the feelings of helplessness, the trying-everything-but-nothing’s-working! Don’t despair, here is a list of what to look for if you think your baby is teething along with some tips to help you get through this trying stage of your growing child:
It’s hard to believe so much fluid can come from your tiny baby’s mouth, but teething stimulates drooling, and the waterworks are on for many babies starting from about 10 weeks to 3 or 4 months of age. The drool serves to protect those tender gums from the various things he will try to teethe on and the antibodies found in drool actually protect your little one from germs found on all of the random things your baby will find to chew on.
#2: Teething Rash
If your baby is drooling excessively they may get a rash around their mouth, chin and maybe ever their neck. Patting away the drool will help prevent the rash, but you can also create a moisture barrier with Vaseline, Aquaphor or even a nipple cream, it’s great for protecting baby’s skin too.
#3: Coughing or Gagging
All that drool can make babies gag and cough, there’s no cause for concern if your baby has no other signs of cold, flu or allergies. Unlike the allergy and cold coughs the teething cough is not caused by the nose dripping, it’s caused by the mouth being full of drool! If his nose is clear and dry as a bone, than the cough is due to drool, and the most probable cause to all that drool is a tooth coming in.
Pressure from teeth poking through under the gums causes baby a lot of discomfort and that discomfort is relieved by counter pressure like biting. Teething babies will gum whatever they can find, from teething rings and rattles and if you’re breastfeeding, your soon-to-be sore nipples.
Some babies go through teething without a single whimper, while others suffer from a good deal of pain due to the inflammation of tender gum tissue. First teeth usually hurt the most as well as the molars because they are bigger. Most babies eventually get used to what teething feels like and aren’t quite so bothered later on. Talk to your doctor about when to offer pain relievers like infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Your baby’s mouth hurts! That little tooth is pressing on the gums and poking up to the surface, and, not surprisingly, it’ll probably make her feel out of sorts. Be on the lookout for temper tantrums, throwing toys and screaming, but no worries, it won’t be forever. Some babies can be irritable for just a few hours, but others can stay crabby for days or even weeks!
#7: Not Eating
Uncomfortable, cranky babies want to be calmed by something in their mouths — whether a bottle or the breast. Unfortunately, the suction of nursing may make a teething baby’s sore gums feel even worse. Your baby may become fussy about feedings because of the discomfort, but they become even fussier because their tummies are hungry. Babies eating solid foods might also refuse to eat during teething, but keep at it, and call your pediatrician if the hunger strike lasts more than a few days.
#8: Waking Up At Night
For the babies who are particularly sensitive to teething, sleeping is the usually one of the first things that disrupt both of your worlds. Before offering comfort, see if your baby can settle back to sleep on their own; if they are still restless, soothe them with patting or a lullaby, but avoid a return to nighttime feedings if possible.
#9: Ear Pulling or Cheek Rubbing
Teething babies may tug furiously at their ear or rub their cheek or chin. The reason? Gums, ears and cheeks share nerve pathways, and so an ache in the gums can travel elsewhere. Babies have discovered that sometimes if they tug on their ear, their mouth will feel better. Unfortunately, parents often see this and assume these signs of teething are really the signs of an ear infection. Just watch for other signs of teething, and check to see if the ear canal is bright red or your baby is showing other signs of an ear infection before rushing to the doctor. This will avoid you having to pay the co-pay and lose time from work.