Has Teething Come Along to Embezzle Your Sleep!?
Not all babies experience terrible teething symptoms, some babies go through it as though nothing is happening. A mother might not even know that her baby is teething, until a tooth starts showing. Then there are babies that endure such a problematic teething time, that they appear to be ill.
Teeth can take months before they all appear, but a baby's teething symptoms are usually worse during the last few days, in which the teeth break through the gum.
The first teeth that come out are usually the most painful because they are large; this is true for the back teeth as well, although they only come out much later, from about the age of one.
Signs & Symptoms of Teething
Here are the Symptoms of teething in infants to watch for:
- A teething rash. This is a rash that is often found on a teething baby’s chin from all the drooling. The saliva can irritate the skin, which is what causes the rash. You can use coconut oil as a barrier cream, which is great for a baby’s skin and does not contain harsh ingredients; this can be used by eczema prone babies too. You can also prevent this by keeping your baby’s chin clean and dry.
- Chewing on everything in sight (including mom sometimes, while breastfeeding). This helps a baby relieve some of the pain and pressure on the gums.
- Waking up at night more often than usual and making moaning sounds while asleep.
- Acid Reflux symptoms may flare up, the baby may especially start spitting up more often.
- The baby may become extra fussy at the breast.
- Ear tugging and eye rubbing. The pain and inflammation from the gums can move up to the ears and eyes.
- Excessive drooling. You may notice that even your baby’s clothes get wet from all the dribbling. You can start using a bib during the day to catch all that extra saliva.
- A little bleeding in the gums may be caused by the teeth breaking through the skin.
- A teething fever may occur just before a tooth cuts through the gum. The fever is caused by the inflammation of the gums. This should be a low fever, not higher than 39 degrees Celsius.
- A diaper rash. Caused by the additional saliva that is swallowed from excessive drooling.
- Your baby may refuse food and/or refuse to breastfeed.
- Your baby may breastfeed more often, usually for comfort. Learn more about fussy cluster feeding evenings.
- Some babies may cough or gag a little; this is again due to additional saliva that they are swallowing and not anything to worry about, except if your baby has a high temperature.
- Diarrhea. Also caused by the extra saliva swallowed. Do not ignore constant diarrhea. If it persists for longer than a few days, its best to see your doctor. Also, ensure that your baby is drinking enough fluids or breastfeeding frequently to prevent dehydration.
- Excessive crying. The pain of teething may be too much for some babies to handle. Ask your doctor about pain medication. Try Dr. Harvey's Cuddle cure to calm a baby. Watch the video here.
- Congestion or a runny nose.
- Excessive fussiness.
- Swollen, red gums.
- Hot, flushed cheeks.
If the teething infant symptoms are severe, lasting more than a few days, contact your doctor.
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