Around the age of six months, your child may begin to experience their first tooth eruptions. Although it is unlikely you will be able to predict exactly when your child starts teething, there are some symptoms you can be on the lookout for. While the teething process and general infant oral health are different for every child, most will experience a few of the following teething symptoms.
What Symptoms Should You Watch For?
Excessive Drooling – One of the earliest signs you can be on the lookout for is your baby drooling much more than usual. While all babies will drool to some extent, a few weeks before they begin to teethe, you may notice an increase in saliva production.
Irritability – All babies get fussy from time to time. But teething will often lead to extended periods of crabby or irritable behavior from your infant. Try to avoid frustration during these periods; they are irritable because they are probably experiencing teething pain.
Swollen Gums – Nearly every baby will experience some degree of swelling to their gums as their new tooth begins to erupt. It is entirely normal for the area to be slightly firm and pink, however, if you notice the area turning a dark red or blue contact your pediatric dentist.
Slight Fever – When your baby’s gums begin to swell, it may cause them to experience a mild fever. Treat this as you would any low-grade fever, but if your baby’s temperature rises above 100 degrees or lasts longer than three days, contact your pediatrician.
Chewing – One way in which your child will relieve the discomfort of the teething process is by chewing. Teething rings allow your baby to safely chew and experience a bit of relief during the process.
Problems Sleeping – With pain and discomfort comes an inability to sleep for your infant. Expect sleep trouble during the teething process, even for those lucky parents whose babies have been sleeping through the night up to this point.
Appetite Loss – As the suction that comes from drinking from the bottle or breast can be uncomfortable for babies who are teething, you may find your child is reluctant to eat. If your child refuses to eat and misses a couple of feedings in a row, contact your pediatrician for assistance.
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