Signs Your Baby Is Teething
When you little one starts crying, and does not stop, your mind will likely race to imagine the worst. Fortunately, the worst is usually not the case. And teething pain is often the cause of panic in many a new parent who cannot figure out how to comfort a baby that does not stop crying.
When Do Babies Start Teething?
If you think that your little one is too young to be teething, then think again. While it is common for babies to be around 6 months old when they start teething, the reality is that it can happen much, much sooner.
In fact, there are many stories of younger babies teething as early as 3 months old. So, if your baby is that young, do not discount the possibility that he or she might be dealing with some teething pain.
And, just like the younger babies, teething can be delayed as well. There are also accounts of older babies teething well after the 6 months old period has come and gone.
Basically, there is no set in stone time for when your little one will start teething. Just keep in mind that the norm is around age six months, but that it can happen before or after that period.
Get To Know The Baby Teething Symptoms
While being fussy is likely the most noticeable symptom of a teething baby, there are actually some other things that you can be on the lookout for as well.
Possibly the grossest symptom of a teething infant is massive amounts of drooling. This is pretty disgusting and the drool seems to be never ending, much like that of a slobbery dog. Do not be surprised if this extreme amount of never-ending drool causes a rash on the little one’s chin, chest or other areas that it covers.
You will also probably notice that your baby wants to bite or chew on pretty much everything. This will include your fingers, as well as their own. They do this because the pressure of things against their gums offers some teething pain relief for babies.
The baby’s gums are also likely to appear red and swollen as a result of the little teeth that are trying to break through the surface. This is completely normal. The pain from the gums may result in the baby not wanting to eat, playing with his or her face and just generally being irritable (including not sleeping).
And even better news for some parents out there - some babies exhibit no teething symptoms at all! For you lucky parents, you just might be surprised to one day see a little tooth peering back at you from those little gums!
Symptoms That Do Not Relate To Teething
While it is possible that your baby may show signs of a fever or some of the other symptoms below, it is important that you do not consider them to be signs of teething - especially if they persist for a period greater than 24 hours.
Other things that you will want to keep an eye out for as abnormal or signs of another problem are: diarrhea and runny nose. So, if any of these things present, keep an eye on the little one and consider calling the doctor as it may be a result of something else more serious.