Signs of Teething

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Though there are a rare, few babies born with a few teeth in their mouth, almost all babies are born toothless. They are going to go through what is called teething during their first few years of life -starting around four to six months of age. The very early signs of teething can be confusing. Once the first tooth has come through, most parents then know what their baby is going to do when they have tooth pain. There are some signs that most associate with teething, but each baby is going to have different signs and are going to act differently to the pain that comes with teething.

One of the most common signs of teething is excessive drooling. All babies start drooling at some point because this is what the body does to aid in digestion. Babies often lack the control to swallow saliva so it comes out of the mouth. It is common to see babies with wet lips and chins whether they are teething or not. However, excessive drool can be on of the very first signs that teething is about to begin. Make sure you gently wipe or dab away drool as often as you can, as it can cause a rash on baby’s sensitive skin.

Drooling alone does not mean a child is teething though. There are other signs of teething that you are going to notice. If you suspect teething, see if you can get a good look at the gums, which can be hard with a baby. Most babies get the front bottom teeth first, so look there first. Some can get the top ones first, and even other teeth, but the bottom front are the most common first teeth. See if you notice a bump, redness, or even the tooth ready to poke through the gum.

Pain almost always accompanies teething. The front teeth hurt, and baby is going to bite down if you stick a finger in their mouth. To check for this most telling of the signs of teething, wash your hands and lightly put a finger on the gum. If they bite down and gnaw on your finger, a tooth could be getting ready to erupt. The pressure helps the the pain. You may also notice they seem to be chewing when they have nothing in the mouth. That helps with the pain too.

The signs of teething are going to come and go. The teeth in the front are going to hurt less than molars, as they have less surface space to break through the gum, and they are more sharp in shape. At times, Tylenol may help when you know teething has started and baby is in pain, but always talk with your paediatrician before giving it for this reason. Look for other natural remedies for teething as well and save the medication for when the pain seems to be at its worst. Chewing can help but remember to only give baby things that they can not choke on, and even when something should be safe, stay with baby while they use that item.

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