Teething is an exciting and important stage of your baby’s life. It can also sometimes be hard to figure out when it is occurring. A teething baby often needs extra care to get through this commonly stressful time, so it is very important for you to spot the signs. This way, your little one gets the soothing attention he or she needs, when they need it.
Here are eight of them for you to watch out for.
1. Swollen Gums
As you can imagine, tooth eruptions can be very disrupting to your infant’s tender, new gums. As a result, the gums typically become swollen during teething. If you notice that your baby’s gums look irritated and sore, you most likely have a new little teething baby.
ONE WARNING. Be sure to look out for blue or red gums, because this could be a sign of a serious medical problem that requires professional care.
2. Visible Tooth Below Gum
If it looks like a white bulge is forming below baby’s gum, but it has not erupted yet, it is most likely a tooth. Sometimes, teeth do not erupt until 18 months of age, but the discomforts of teething can begin before the eruption. Consider any visible tooth to be a sign that the baby might need teething toys or other remedies to ease discomfort.
3. Mood Changes
If your baby has been fussier or more irritable lately — and no obvious cause has been found — teething could be to blame. Trouble sleeping is another less obvious sign of a baby with teeth coming in, as is rejecting food. Check with your pediatrician or dentist if you are unsure why your little one is acting differently.
4. Biting, Sucking, and Chewing
A baby is biting everything in sight is a very typical sign of teething. Constant sucking and chewing are two more dead giveaways, at least in most situations. An appropriate chewing toy or teething ring will help your baby feel better and save random objects from being destroyed. If all else fails, opt for a wet rag refrigerated inside a plastic bag as a makeshift teething ring.
If your little son or daughter is drooling more excessively than normal, then teething has most likely begun. A child who has a consistent rash on his or her face or chin may also be steadily drooling from erupting teeth. Check with your pediatrician to rule out any other causes of rash or drool.