Teething symptoms can start months before the first tooth surfaces! In order for us to be able to help them through it, we need to understand what is happening to our babies. Here are 6 teething symptoms to look out for.
6 TEETHING SYMPTOMS TO LOOK OUT FOR
1- Chewing fingers and/or objects: Babies putting things in their mouths is their way of discovering the world around them. But when your baby starts trying to chew on things or puts everything in their mouth only to throw it down right away, they may be teething.
2- Lack of appetite: Some babies refuse to eat when they’re teething. If your baby was already eating solids and doesn’t want to eat, they may be teething. Breastfed babies often want to feed at all times or may not drink much but want to be on the breast.
3- Changes in sleep patterns: A baby who was already sleeping through the night may revert to their early months sleeping patterns when teething. Other babies want to sleep a lot during the day. Some may want to just sleep if they’re being held by you. Almost every teething baby experiences changes in their sleeping patterns.
4- Red cheeks: Though there are exceptions, most babies get very red cheeks when teething. However, red cheeks may also indicate a fever or general hotness – if a baby is dressed to warm, they may get red cheeks even if they’re not teething. But if your baby isn’t warm and doesn’t have a fever, yet has very red cheeks, they may be teething.
5- Pulling on the ears: A lot of babies pull their earlobes when they’re teething because the pain from the jaw can go up to the ear canals. Pulling on the ears often alleviates the pain, even if just for a few moments.
6- Drooling: Although drooling is normal in babies from three to fifteen months, it is known it increases when a baby is teething. Drool keeps the gums lubricated and stops them from getting dry. This, in turn, helps the tooth get through the gums more easily.
7- Bad breath: Some babies get bad breath when they’re teething. This can also happen when a wound is healing in the mouth – if they bit themselves for example.
SYMPTOMS THAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE FROM TEETHING
- Fever: Some babies get a low fever when they’re teething. This may happen with every tooth or just some teeth. In every case, if the fever persists or gets over 38,5°C (101°F), you should contact a doctor.
- Diarrhea: Although this isn’t a symptom per se, some babies do experience diarrhea when they are teething. Maybe it is because of the stress of something new (that they don’t understand) happening. Maybe it is because they drool so much or change their eating habits.
- Irritability: teething is painful and babies often don’t know what is happening to them. Lack of sleep, not knowing what is going on and being in pain is a sure recipe for a cranky and irritable baby. However, just like with adults, a baby may be irritable just because.
Teething isn’t easy, it is painful and unknown for our babies. I hope this post helps some of you identify your baby’s teething symptoms, so you can help them through it.