Signs Your Baby Is Teething

 In General

Baby teeth are undeniably adorable. When your child smiles and laughs, those tiny, white cuties are front and center. But when teeth cut through gums, pain makes your child miserable.

How can you relieve the suffering? Babies are fussy for all kinds of reasons. Before you can make it all better, you need to recognize the symptoms of teething. Here’s what to watch for:

Teething Starts Around 6 Months of Age

Most babies get their first teeth sometime between their 4th and 7th month. Your child could start teething earlier, around 3 months of age, and some kids don’t get teeth until they’re a year old.

Teeth appear one at a time. The process takes several months. The first teeth to break through are usually the bottom middle teeth, followed by the top middle teeth. Side and back teeth come in next. The second molars, the ones in the back of the mouth, typically come in by age 3.

Signs Your Baby Is Teething

Symptoms of teething vary. Some little ones experience only minor discomfort. Others have a lot of pain as teeth cut through tender gums.

In addition to a tooth poking through, here are the most common signs of teething:

  • Fussiness
  • Drooling
  • Face, neck or chest rash from drool
  • Swollen, sensitive gums
  • Desire to gnaw and chew
  • Refuses food
  • Trouble sleeping

When to Call Your Pediatrician

Teething causes discomfort. There’s some controversy over whether teething can cause a fever or diarrhea. Some parents have noted that cold- or flu-like symptoms accompany the arrival of new teeth. Call your doctor if you need help relieving your baby’s discomfort, or if your child is bothered by any of the following for more than a day:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

How to Help a Teething Baby

There are simple ways to help a teething child. The most direct strategy is to cradle a young one and firmly rub your finger on the sore gums. The pressure may relieve pain. Here are a few ways to help:

  • If your baby is eating, offer cold foods such as applesauce.
  • Try a teething biscuit.
  • Some children find relief by chewing on a teething ring.
  • Chill a damp washcloth in the refrigerator and let your baby gnaw on it.
  • If all else fails, call your pediatrician for advice on pain relievers.

Always consult a doctor before giving a baby a pain reliever or using a topical treatment

How to Keep Your Baby From Getting a Drool Rash

Babies drool more during teething. To prevent a rash, keep skin dry and clean. Gently blot saliva from face and neck. Change wet clothing frequently and use a drool bib. Apply a barrier cream if your baby has a rash. If the rash doesn’t heal, call your pediatrician.

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