6. Slight Fever
If your baby has a low-grade fever of no more than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, there probably is no need to panic — your child is most likely beginning the teething stage. If the baby’s fever climbs higher or is accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, or other similar symptoms of illness, promptly contact his or her doctor, as a more serious medical issue could be occurring.
7. Ear Grabbing
Teething can cause pain in the jaw because of the extreme changes in the gums. This pain can in turn radiate to the ear and cause an earache or some other discomfort. The baby may grab or rub at his or her ears in response. Check with a pediatrician so you can rule out an ear infection, and consult with him or her about pain relief options if your baby is very distressed.
8. Face Rubbing
Face rubbing is a similar symptom to ear-grabbing. Most infants do not know of any way besides rubbing to deal with and communicate their pain, so a child that keeps touching his or her face excessively may be teething. Look into options for teething relief to help baby keep his or her face from being irritated.
Tooth eruption can be a stressful and emotional time for both baby and parent. Knowing the signs that baby is teething can help you be prepared for remedies that you can try to soothe your little loved one — and will also help you understand what symptoms are not normal for a teething baby to exhibit. If you ever have questions along the way during this transformative time in your child’s life, make sure to contact your pediatrician or dentist.