Today we are talking about the possible signs and symptoms that your baby could be teething.
Not all babies start teething at the same age.
Most babies will start teething at around 6 months of age.
Some babies even start teething at 2 months!
While others will start quite a bit later.
So you may ask yourself, “Is my baby teething”?
Well, there are quite a few signs to look out for, and interpret whether or not your baby is in fact teething.
1. Constant Chewing
A baby who is teething will want to chew on everything.
My son got his first tooth at six months and was chewing on everything for the next 2 years!
They will chew on hands, blankets, the nipples of a bottle, toys, etc.
Literally, anything they can bite, they will.
Something you could do, is buy your baby a teething ring, and let it get cold in the freezer.
This is one of our favorite natural remedies for teething to help reduce teething pain.
The coldness of the teething ring, will feel great on the baby’s gums, due to numbing them.
Another technique you could try, is putting the nipples upside down in an ice cube tray, and putting it in the freezer, then sticking in on the bottle.
That is a nice way to numb baby’s gums without his little hands getting cold.
2. Lots of Drooling
Another thing to watch for that comes along with chewing on everything, is they will be drooling more than ever before.
A baby who is teething, drools so much, that you will always want to have a bib on him.
A bib will do wonders at keeping your baby’s clothes dry.
Otherwise, you may end up with tons more laundry then necessary.
3. Rash around the Mouth
Another common symptom that your baby is teething, is a rash around their mouth.
This isn’t surprising with all the chewing and drooling.
The extra action around your baby’s mouth may cause sensitivity on their delicate baby skin.
Some baby’s, but not all, tend to run fever when teething.
This is totally normal, as long as it does not get too high, then you might want too call your doctor.
5. Pulling at their Ear
You may also notice your baby pulling at their ears.
Lots of moms mistake early teething for an ear infection.
But as the teething come in, it can cause nerve pain in the side of your baby’s face and all the way up into their ear.
Fussiness is a major sign of teething.
Not only baby’s, but even us adults, are not in the greatest mood, when we are having teeth problems, or the back ones are growing in.
Just imagine a baby, and all of his teeth are coming in, and how much pain it is.
Your baby may be crying non stop, or he may just be fussy.
7. Swollen Gums
Look out for swollen gums, you may see a bump where the tooth is trying to come in.
If you can get your baby to keep his mouth open long enough, try putting a finger in his mouth, and feel around.
You might be able to feel the bump, or you might even see a white spot on the gum, where the tooth is through.
Be gentle though, I am sure the gums will be very sensitive, and you don’t want too cause your baby more pain.
These are just a few signs to look out for.
Not too much you can do to help as a parent, other than comforting them the best you can.
Keep in mind that teething is a right of passage for nearly all babies.
It’s one of the first hardships they will go through.
It’s a good lesson on getting through hard things in life, and learning to trust those that offer love and support.
Which is mom and dad’s job of course!
Hopefully the teething process for your little one, will not last too long!