Teething is typically one of the least fun aspects of parenthood. One child might not have any symptoms or adverse affects from teething and your other child might turn into a tiny little monster in the days and weeks leading up to a new tooth breaking through. It’s the unfortunate aspect of parenting you can’t control, stop or reschedule to suit your needs. However, you can be on the lookout for a teething baby so that you at least know what you’re dealing with.
Some babies are just fussy and inconsolable when they are teething. Nothing seems to make them happy. They’re agitated and irritated and just fussy (and so are you, at this point). This typically happens in the week or few days leading up to the breakthrough of a new tooth. Once the tooth breaks skin, this symptom tends to disappear.
If your baby is suddenly chewing on everything in sight, it could be a new tooth beginning to break through. Your baby might chew on his or her fingers, hands, blanket, toys and anything else he or she can grab and put in his or her mouth. The pressure on the gums is relieved this way.
Refusal to Eat or Drink
Other symptoms sometimes include your baby’s sudden lack of desire to eat or drink. This occurs simply because your baby no longer wants to add anymore pain to his or her mouth. Eating and drinking can aggravate sensitive gums, making them hurt even more than usual.
Babies that are teething tend to drool; a lot. This might be the only way you can tell if your little one is teething if he or she does not present any of the other symptoms on this list. While a little drool is probably nothing, a sudden and large increase in drool can indicate teething is occurring. A new tooth might appear a few weeks after drooling occurs.
This is a side effect of the excessive drooling your little one is doing. However, it’s not always noticeable to mom and dad that their little one is drooling much, especially if his or she wears a bib or gets around on his or her own. You will notice rashes on your baby’s chin, chest or face caused by drooling. It’s a good indicator a new tooth is coming in.
If you’re dealing with a child that is teething, click here for our tips on how to alleviate some of that teething pain for your child.
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