Five Common Teething Symptoms
|January 24, 2012||Posted by under Baby Development, Newborn Baby Care|
When babies start to experience teething symptoms, parents usually feel a bit nervous. Teething pain is unpredictable and varies wildly from child to child. Some children breeze through teething virtually symptoms free, while other babies seem to have months and months of teething fevers, swollen gums, drooling, and sleepless nights.
Half of the battle of dealing with teething symptoms is first being able to identify the cause. Let’s take a minute to go over the most common signs of teething in babies.
Symptoms of Teething: Swollen Gums
Swollen gums are one of the more common early teething signs. Your babies gums may swell and turn a darker shade of red right where the tooth will come through. Babies generally get their bottom two middle teeth in first, and then the top two middle teeth. Then the pointy incisors will come in on the top and on the bottom. Don’t be alarmed, however, if your baby gets his teeth in a different order.
Whenever my baby get swollen gums I wet a clean wash cloth and put in in the freezer for about an hour. Once it is frozen, I give it to the baby and let him gnaw on it. The rough texture of the frozen cloth provides relief to the painful gums, and the frozen cloth also helps to reduce the inflammation. This is a fantastic natural remedy for teething. I also like to use my Medela Pump In Style Advanced to pump extra milk to give to my baby cold in a sippy cup.
Symptoms Of Teething: Rubbing The Face
Some babies will rub their faces, especially around the mouth and cheek area when they are starting to get teeth. Your baby may behave in a way that might make you believe he is tired, but when you lay him down, he won’t sleep. I have found that when my babies rub their faces in this way, if I provide a distraction, they will stop. I like to keep a small collection of teething toys, and I’ll give my teething baby one of the toys to distract his attention. Rotating the toys every 10 minutes keeps him engaged.
Symptoms Of Teething: Drooling
One sure-fire way to identify a teething baby is a crazy amount of drooling. Plan to keep a dry bib on your baby almost constantly, or you will have to change his shirt several times throughout the day. The constant drooling may also start to cause a rash on the baby’s chin or neck. This is nothing to be concerned about, just try to regularly dry off baby’s chin and neck, and it will go away.
Symptoms Of Teething: Interrupted Sleep
If your baby is having a really hard time with teething during the day, interrupted sleep at night is almost a given. It is important for your baby to get good sleep in at night, even when he is teething. I like to use Hyland’s Teething Tablets, a homeopathic remedy for teething babies. These little tablets dissolve almost instantly in the baby’s mouth, and they do a fantastic job of soothing the pain, and promoting good rest. You can find these anywhere now, including CVS, Walgreens, and Wal-Mart.
Symptoms Of Teething: Teething Fevers
Some babies will develop a teething fever. These are usually mild, staying around 100-101. If my baby’s fever goes over 102, I will go ahead and give a dose of Baby Tylenol or Advil. Usually, one dose will help the baby get on top of the fever and pain, and a second dose will not be necessary.
Be patient with your sweet little baby during this time. Cuddle him extra close, spend extra time in the rocking chair with him, and try to distract him with teething toys, and frozen wash cloths. The cold milk is soothing on his sore gums. Hopefully, it will all be over soon.