Anywhere between the ages of 3 and 12 months, your baby will start to feel her first little teeth making their way through. There are some of the symptoms you may need to notice when this does happen!
Every baby will go through teething a little differently to the next, with some having no symptoms at all, and others going through a lot of pain for a few months. There are however, signs to look out for, for when this grand milestone approaches.
WHEN DO BABIES START TEETHING?
In general, the first tooth will appear around 7 months. The earliest can be as soon as 3 months, with some not showing until 12 months.
9 COMMON TEETHING SYMPTOMS
Teething will stimulate drooling, and this can begin from about 10 weeks, to 4 months. Use a bib to keep her from getting her clothes covered, and just wipe off the drool to keep her clean.
This excess drool can result in chapping and a rash around her mouth, chin and/or neck. Keeping her clean and dry will prevent this, as well using a moisture barrier such as Vaseline.
The drool can also make babies cough and gag, which is generally not a cause for worry unless you baby is displaying symptoms associated with a cold or flu.
When a baby bites down, the counterpressure will relieve some of their discomfort. So a teething baby will bite down on just about anything, so it’s a good idea to check out some great teething toys for them to use.
Of course, babies who start to feel a new pain, will cry. Some babies cruise through teething with little more crying than usual, but others will share their discomfort with you audibly.
Not surprisingly, these new teeth busting their way through her gums will make her feel irritable. We’re talking from a few hours, to a few weeks.
Refusal to feed
“The suction of nursing may make a teething baby’s sore gums feel worse. For that reason, teething babies are fussy about feedings.” // whattoexpect.com
Solids eating babies may also go through this, but just keep persisting or call in for help!
Unfortunately, an increase in broken sleep may develop, with the teething pain waking her up at night. See if she can resettle herself before offering comfort.
Ear pulling; cheek rubbing
Some teething babies will pull at their ear or rub their chins or cheeks, as these places share nerve pathways, causing an ache in the gums to move somewhere else.
In the end, you won’t really know what to expect, as some babies will cruise through it like a party, while others will suffer far more discomfort and let you know about it. Just know, it’ll pass!
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