It is beautiful to witness your baby’s little milestones every day, and teething is one of them. Your baby’s teeth will make a grumpy entrance when they turn four months or older. In a rare case (1 in 2000) babies are born with teeth. Teething may make your baby uncomfortable and irritable. However, the more you know about teething, the more you will be able to help your baby stay calm.
Here are seven signs that your baby is teething and ready to take their first bite.
Drooling – Your baby may start excreting a lot of fluid from their tiny mouths. Their shirts may remain soggy all the time, and the waterworks may begin anytime it gets overboard.
Irritability – The teething process causes a poking pain in the gums of your baby. This will undoubtedly pull the fuse and make your baby fussy for days and even weeks to say.
Mild fever – Since your baby will be all worked up, a low-grade fever may come and go due to exhaustion. There is nothing serious about it till the temperature ranges between 98 to 100 degrees.
Gnawing or biting – The pressure on your baby’s gums due to poking teeth causes discomfort. It can only be comforted by counterpressure, that is, chewing, gnawing, or biting.
Cheek rubbing or ear pulling – Babies who are about to get their first teeth may furiously tug at their cheeks or ears. Since cheeks and ears share your teeth’s nerve pathways, the rubbing puts them to relief.
Coughing – Coughing is caused due to excessive drooling teething. Keep wiping your baby’s face when they drool.
Crying – Babies breeze through teething along with a whole lot of whimpering. They suffer a good deal of pain and inflammation, which may cause them to weep.
During teething, teethers come to be of extreme utility. There is a vast range of teethers that are safe for the babies to bite or gnaw upon. This will give rest to the ear pulling and excessive drooling as well.
Teethers help in reducing irritation caused due to swollen and irritated gums. They put light pressure on the gums and also act as a tool to solace your baby and give them some rest.
Teething is a painful and difficult process for babies. Since they are unable to express their pain in words, and these signs are the best they can do. If you see such signs in your baby, stay calm, and try to spend more time with your baby. Get them a teether to gnaw upon. This will all be over soon, and your baby will be ready to take their first bite.
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