Teething in baby is a difficult time for both the parents and the baby. But if the symptoms of teething are recognized early, it can prove to be less strenuous.
The growing years of a baby are filled with important milestones. However, not every milestone crossed brings about a happy smile on the face of the baby. Certain milestones cause a lot of pain and discomfort to the baby. Wonder then why are they termed milestone? It is because they are vital for the healthy growth and development of the baby. One such milestone is the occurrence of the first set of teeth in a baby. Though important, teething makes a baby fussy and cranky, for the gums swell up and become sore and tender. The symptoms show up a few days before a tooth comes out and disappears as soon as the tooth breaks into the skin. There is no particular age for teething in babies. Generally, teething begins in children from the sixth month. However, it may show up anywhere between three and twelve months. By the age of three, all the primary teeth come out. The extent of pain during teething varies from one child to the other. However, the generalized symptoms like drooling, wakefulness, crankiness, crying, chewing and tender gums remain the same. If your baby has started showing any of the mentioned symptoms and is below one year old, chances are that it may have started teething. In the following lines, we have provided detailed information about the teething symptoms in babies.
Baby Teething Symptoms
Most of the babies become highly irritable before the first tooth makes its way through the gums. This is because the gums become increasingly sore and pain continuously, thus making the baby fussy and finicky. In such situations, the baby refuses to have milk as the gums itch and pain. All that a baby does is wail its heart out and be irritable and cranky.
Drooling & Coughing
Drooling is the most common symptom seen in almost every baby who is teething. Drooling is common at this time because teething stimulates the production of excess saliva in baby’s mouth which makes the baby drool more often than normal. Excess of drooling can also cause coughing and gagging in babies as the excess of saliva at times gets into the windpipe. Constant drooling in babies can lead to skin rash, as the saliva keeps on coming in contact with the skin of the chin.
Another common symptom of teething in babies is the constant need to gnaw or nibble. A baby constantly needs something to chew or gnaw upon as it relieves the pressure of the teeth coming out from inside the gums. You can always provide a baby with a cool teething ring so that it can relieve itself from the teething irritation.
Ear Pulling & Cheek Rubbing
If you find your baby constantly pulling its ears or rubbing its cheek, don't be surprised for many a times, babies start doing the same as the pain or irritation travels from the gums to the ear and the cheek. This makes the baby constantly pull its ears or rub its cheeks. However if the symptom lingers for long, do get it thoroughly checked for an ear infection.
Though this is disagreed by most of the researchers and pediatricians, it is common in almost every case of teething. It has been noticed by almost every parent that during the days when a baby is teething, the bowel movements are slightly loose than the normal days. The reason for this can be that a baby swallows large amount of saliva throughout the day. However, if the same persists for long or the bowel movements take place more than twice a day; consult with a doctor as it can be a symptom for an underlying problem.
Most of the parents have noticed and agreed to the fact that during teething the child is feverish. Though a number of pediatricians disagree to relate fever with teething, it is, nevertheless, one of the most common symptoms seen in babies while teething. However, to be on the safer side, consult with your pediatrician if the fever persists for more than two days.
Sleeping Problems & Cold
During teething, a baby is in constant pain and because of the same, it is mostly unable to sleep, be it during the day or even at night. Most of the times a baby gets up in the night when the pain worsens. A number of parents also notice runny noses and other symptoms of cold during teething.
Teething is but a normal process and will come and go like many other things in life of the baby. As such, you need not be worried. Though during these days you might face difficulty making your baby feed and sleep, it is a part of your little one's growing up. However, if these symptoms persist for a long time, don’t hesitate in consulting your pediatrician.