10 Signs Of Teething In Babies You Need To Be Aware Of

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From age three months or four months, you should start watching out for signs of teething in infants.

These signs include excessive drooling, fussiness, holding and biting on things, lack of appetite, and restlessness changes in sleeping patterns among others.

For different children, these teething symptoms vary and start at different times. Some parents, experience teething in their kids from six months, others at three months, and others even nine months.

Whatever the time, know that by twelve months, your child should have cut his first teeth. To manage teething symptoms, you need to know the proper steps to relieve teething symptoms.

This post explains the signs of teething one should notice in both infants and children and how you can manage these symptoms to make the child feel relief.

But before we discuss properly the signs of teething, let’s discuss some important questions like

  • When do babies start teething?
  • Signs of teething in breastfed babies.
  • How to help a baby who bites during breastfeeding.
  • How to allow a baby who doesn’t nurse when experiencing teething symptoms and more others.

 

When Do Babies Start Teething?

You may ask when do babies start teething? if may be shocking to hear but some babies are born with a tooth or teeth from birth.

Most babies are not born without teeth and they may start teething by three to four months old, some by six months old, and some by twelve months old.

In general, most babies start teething by nine to ten months. If by age one, your baby has not cut his first tooth, then there is a need to see a pediatrician dentist.

 

What Are The Symptoms Of Teething In A Baby?

About 1 in 6,000 to 1 in 1800 infants are born with teeth in their mouth.

Teething usually comes with noticeable symptoms that may cause discomfort, lack of appetite, changes in the sleeping pattern of the child, and changes in mood. Another noticeable symptom is drooling and biting on things.

So, if you’re wondering how babies act when they are teething, here are some answers for you.

Infants do show signs of teething like discomfort, drooling, biting on things, refusal to eat, changes in sleeping patterns, and other symptoms of teething.

Even for a very cheerful child, the symptoms of teething can be overwhelming and take a toll on the child and the caregiver. Below I have listed some super useful remedies to relieve teething symptoms.

Know that these signs of teething may start at three months old in an infant, but he may not usually cut his first tooth until four months.

Since every baby is different, do not overpressure yourself if your baby has not cut his first tooth by four months. With time, he will grow his teeth.

 

Can My Two Months Old Be Teething?

Except your baby is born with teeth (this happens in about 1 out of 6000 to 8000 children), it is highly unlikely for your two months old to start teething. Mainly most babies will start teething by three to four months.

However for your 3 months old baby, yes it is entirely possible. Although most babies start from four to six months babies can start teething as early as three months, and some babies start as late as nine to ten months.

Whether your baby starts very early or late, know that by twelve months, your baby should have cut his first tooth. If not, you need to see your child’s pediatrician.

 

What Are The First Signs Of Teething?

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The following are some of the first signs of teething you will notice in a baby:

  • Swollen gum
  • Soreness in the gum
  • Drooling
  • The baby can’t keep his hands off his mouth
  • Mild increase in temperature
  • Irritation
  • Discomfort
  • Gnawing and chewing on things
  • Gum hematoma
  • Rashes on the face and ear, neck, etc.
  • Fussiness
  • Flushed cheeks
  • Coughing.

These and a host of other symptoms and the first symptoms of teething.

 

How Long Does Teething And It’s Symptoms Last In Baby?

You may ask, how long does teething last in the baby? The duration of teething depends on the individual child.

Teething, on average, teething starts for most children around six months, and could last for twenty-five to thirty-three months; that is about three to four years of age.

Your child should have had about 20 teeth (the first set of primary teeth for an infant) by this time.

Teething symptoms typically last for a few days (about 5 days) before the tooth grows out and 3-to 4 days after the symptoms abate. Though it may take longer for some babies with each tooth eruption, teething symptoms start and stop.

Teething on the other hand, may last for two to three years until the primary teeth are completed. The symptoms can be intense and last for weeks if more than one tooth is erupting simultaneously.

 

Signs Of Teething In Breastfeeding Babies

What are the signs of teething in breastfeeding babies? Breastfed babies show regular signs of teething like:

  • Drooling
  • Slightly elevated temperature
  • Irritability
  • Rubbing of the cheeks and ear
  • Redness of the cheeks
  • Rash on the cheeks and mouth area
  • Gumming people’s hands
  • Biting on things
  • Changes in sleeping pattern

Among all these teething signs, other notable signs of teething in breastfed babies are

  • Some babies may be cranky, irritated, and less interested in feeding
  • Others may want to stay more on the breast to comfort the sore gum
  • Biting of the nipples while breastfeeding
  • Excessive drooling may cause rashes around the nipple area

 

Things To Adopt As Teething Remedies

The soreness of the gum is very typical when infants and kids are teething. Below are I have outlined some teething remedies to help ease the soreness:

1.  Use a cold and clean washcloth to rub all over the baby’s gum

2.  Use a clean hand to rub the baby’s gum or allow the baby gum on it

3.  You can try over-the-counter remedies with your doctor’s prescription. There are pain relief medications like Tylenol and Advil

4.  Use teething toys that are soft but firm that they can gum or chew on to counter the pressure of the teeth as it erupts out

5.  Give cool water and tea with a Sippy cup. Cool temperature helps to minimize the soreness

6.  Massage the baby’s gum

7.  An unsweetened teething cracker

8.  Freeze breast milk into cubes, mash them, and place them on your baby’s feeder for your baby to suck on

9.  Cool or frozen fruits like bananas, carrots are suitable for the baby to gum on

10.  You can use plastic teething necklaces that babies can bite and chew on but ensure that they are not too tight or loose to avoid suffocation

11.  Chewing on a soft clear toothbrush

12.  Get organic teething rings made from food-safe plastics

13.  Chill the baby’s feeder and give the baby to chew on

14. There are teething gloves with soft rubbers that the baby can gum on. So, you can wear this for your baby instead of him gumming his hands

15.  Organic teething biscuits like teething crackers can be used

16.  Give the baby to bite a chilled metal spoon

17.  Put the baby on the breast

18.  Calming essential oils

19.  Freeze some rice in a dried washcloth. It is perfect for your baby to gum on

20.  Give the baby egg waffles to chew on

21.  Natural teething cream made from coconut oil, food-safe organic butter with fair drops of olive oil. Blend all these and freeze. Apply on your baby’s gum for relief

22.  Freeze a pacifier and let the baby suck on it.

 

Things To Avoid As Teething Remedies

Just as there are things and method to adopt to relief the pain of teething, there are quite some harmful alternatives that have been adopted in the past that you have to avoid. They are:

1.  Teething gels or creams, mainly containing lidocaine and benzocaine

2.  Giving over the counter drugs like ibuprofen without prescription

3.  Using teething bracelets or anklets which can cause suffocation if not used with care

4.  Pain numbing gels.

5.  Citrus fruits

6.  Spicy soups

 

Ten Signs Of Teething In Babies

Moving ahead, let’s discuss below, the focus of this post, which is the sign of teething in babies and toddlers.

 

1.  Drooling

One noticeable sign of teething in infants is a build-up of fluid in their mouth, which cause excessive dripping of the liquid from their mouth.

The fluid build-up is one of the first signs of teething that you should not miss. Drooling can start from three months for some babies and four months for some.

If you consistently notice drips of fluid or spit from your baby’s mouth or the shirt always gets soaked, wear a bib to avoid cold and make the baby more comfortable.

Always wipe up the drool from the baby’s mouth throughout the day to prevent rashes and chapped lips.

 

2.  Rashes

A teething rash is another common sign of teething to watch out for. A teething rash may happen due to constant drooling in the infant.

The skin around the cheeks, chin, and mouth area is usually red, covered with rashes, sensitive to the child, and could even chaff or chap if not correctly cared for.

Rashes can also be seen around the neck and chest areas where the baby drool drops. The teething rash could be pinkish or dark, depending on the baby’s skin tone. The rashes develop due to the extra bacteria from the baby’s saliva on the skin.

That is why it is necessary when a baby drools that the mother keeps the mouth dry as quick as possible and wears the child a bib to avoid the rashes spreading from the cheek to the neck and chest.

To help avoid excess rash, create a moisture barrier on the baby’s skin by applying Vaseline, coconut oil, cocoa butter, or lanolin cream around the mouth, cheeks, neck, and chest.

It will prevent bacteria from the saliva from acting on the skin. You can also use nursing creams or other unscented moisturizers to moisturize the skin.

 

3.  Cough

The extra saliva produced in the infant’s mouth as a sign of teething could make the baby gag or cough occasionally. If the cough is not accompanied by flu, fever, or allergies, it is not a cause of concern.

But if the baby has fever, cold, and flu symptoms, you need to contact your child’s pediatrician as this is a sign that your infant is unwell.

Note that high fever, cold, and flu are not signs of teething, so do not mistake it with teething symptoms if you notice them in your infant.

 

4.  Whining

Teething can be uncomfortable for some infants, especially if there is an inflammation in the area around the tender gum tissues.

The pain from the inflammation usually makes the infant uncomfortable, so they become cranky, whine or cry. When my baby was sprouting out his premolars, I had a fair share of the pain.

He would constantly roll over the bed and whine. For everything, he gets annoyed, and he would always want me to carry him.

Despite what I did to comfort him, it may never seem enough, and thankfully, the teething symptoms didn’t last long. The whining will relapse in a few days, so try as much to comfort your infant and do not get overwhelmed yourself.

First teeth, molars, and premolars usually hurt more, so it is normal if your baby gets very cranky when they grow out. With time, your infant will adjust to teething so, do not bother your head too much.

Try to make the baby feel as comfortable as possible, by placing your hand or a slightly cold washcloth to massage the gum and soothe the affected gum where the tooth is growing from.

You can allow the baby to soothe the area with his hands, ensure that you wash the hands regularly, and the nails are kept short and clean.

 

5.  Biting And Gnawing On Things

As a sign that your baby is teething, your infant should bite or chew their hands and items to soothe the sore gum from which the teeth are erupting.

How ⅘Young infants can bite on their clothes, hands, or other adults’ hands to soothe their gum? Infants can be uncomfortable because of inflammation from the gum where the teeth erupt. I

f you look at your child’s gum, you will notice that the gum is swollen, with a bit of lump that may be yellowish or bluish called “gum hematoma”.

The pressure from the erupting teeth is always discomforting for infants, and they usually bite and chew on things to relieve that pressure.

Patting and soothing the gum with clean hands or a clean washcloth can also help. For breastfeeding babies, a sign that they are teething is that you notice them gumming and chewing the nipple, not necessarily sucking milk.

This helps them also to relieve the pressure from the sore gum.

Other ways to help soothe the gum are; to give the infant teething toys like teething beads and teething rattles that are soft, gummy, and are made from non-toxic materials that they can chew on.

You can also freeze or refrigerate these toys for a few minutes for a cooling effect on the baby’s gum. The cooling sensation can help numb the soreness of the inflamed gum.

Cold drinks and cold food can also help, but do not give them all the time so that the baby does not. Instead, put a washcloth in cold water and use it to soothe the affected area.

Remember, babies will bite or chew on almost anything during this period, so you need to keep teething toys, washcloths, baby’s hands, your hands, and any other surface that the baby will chew on clean to avoid germs.

 

6.  Lack Of Appetite

Dizziness, fussiness, and discomfort from the sore gum may cause the baby to refuse food. Refusal of food will leave the baby more hungry and cranky. You have to be very patient with your infant at this time.

You can feed your infant by soothing the gum with your hand or a cold washcloth while alternately giving the infant a spoonful of pureed food so that he eats something while he is having teething symptoms.

Giving the baby pureed, soft, and easily digested food is better at this time. Hard food or foods that involve too much chewing may irritate the child, and he may not want to eat.

Also, encourage your child to eat by giving him those foods he enjoys and preparing them in attractive ways to make the child interested in eating.

Give fluids like milk, coconut water, beverage, juice, smoothies, and yogurt in sip cups so that the child can easily sip these fluids and don’t get dehydrated over time.

When the teething symptoms have abated, your baby’s appetite will return, and he will start eating his regular meals.

 

7.  Low-Grade Fever

In the onset of teething, an infant may experience mild temperature rise, ranging from 98-100 degrees Fahrenheit. An increased temperature may not be a sign of teething.

However, it may be a result of different things the baby puts into his mouth that may cause a rise in temperature, which can lead to fever, and if not treated.

After consulting with your child’s pediatrician and telling him the symptoms, your doctor would prescribe the right pain relief medications and dosage that you can use for your baby so that the fever does not spike.

Also, ensure that the things around the child, toys, tabletops, handrails, and any other item the child bites, are cleaned regularly to avoid germs.

 

8.  Grabbing/Pulling The Cheeks

Rashes around the cheeks and chin may cause the infant to scratch these areas regularly. The soreness of the gum can also cause aching in the ears and chin because they share the same nerve pathway.

It is usually felt when the teeth start erupting. Please make sure that the child’s fingers are cut so that he doesn’t injure himself while scratching.

For young infants, you can wear a scratch mitten in their hands to avoid them scratching the cheeks too much.

Itching of the ear can signify an ear infection. Please consult your child’s pediatrician for appropriate ointment or treatments for the itching cheeks to ease the child’s irritation.

Rubbing and massaging the child’s cheeks and ears can give the needed relief to the child.

 

9.  Changes In Sleep Pattern

The constant irritation and crankiness can make the child feel uneasy and change his sleep pattern. A child may have difficulty sleeping or may become very drowsy.

For example, you may notice your infant wake up at night and cry because of tooth discomfort. A toddler who is already walking may wake up at night and walk around feeling restless and walking around

It would be best to have patience with your toddler, as waking up at night may also disrupt your sleep.

Try to give the child warm showers, rock the child, make his favorite meal, read him stories, and do anything to calm him so he can sleep easily.

 

10.  Gum Hematoma

Gum hematoma is the swollen gum noticed around the area where the teeth are growing out from. It could be yellowish or bluish due to blood trapped underneath the gum.

A gum hematoma is a cyst with blood mixed with fluid. Gum hematoma is entirely normal and would resolve on its own.

You can help the infant feel relief from the soreness of gum hematoma by putting a cold washcloth around that area, rubbing it with a clean hand, and allowing the infant to bite on a cool cloth to relieve the pain.

But if the hematoma continues unresolved, you should see a pediatric dentist.

 

Conclusion

I believe all we have discussed here Is super useful for parents and caregivers with teething infants. If you are finding how to deal with a teething infant, try these tips and teething remedies for relief for your infant.

If the symptoms and signs of teething you notice in your kids seem more severe than any of those mentioned above, visit your child’s doctor immediately.

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