Knowing when a baby is teething is not always obvious. If your baby seems cranky and is difficult to soothe, the chances are he/she is teething.
Below are ten signs that your baby is teething.
1 – One of the most obvious signs a baby is teething is that he/she drools frequently. This is because slaver is produced to help alleviate the pain created by teething by moistening and lubricating a baby’s sore and tender gums.
2 – Biting and chewing is another telltale sign that a baby is teething, as putting something in their mouth and biting on it, is a natural reaction to try and ease the pain and discomfort.
3 – Refusing to eat or take their milk is a prominent sign that a baby is cutting teeth, for the simple fact that eating solids or dinking milk hurts their mouths.
4 – You may notice that your baby develops a small rash around his/her mouth when they are cutting teeth. This is because the increased amount of saliva produced by the teething process irritates your baby’s delicate skin.
5 – Whilst some babies are relatively unaffected by teething, many are visibly distressed and their persistent crying can be very wearing for parents. If your baby is crying more than usual and you have eliminated causes such as hunger, tiredness or boredom, the crying may be caused by the fact your baby is cutting teeth.
6 – When a baby is teething their gums are likely to become red, swollen and even bruised. If you suspect your baby is cutting teeth, gently look inside their mouth at the state of their gums.
7 – Because of the increased drooling and swallowing your baby is doing it can sometimes cause stools to become loose and even cause diarrhoea – another less obvious sign of teething.
8 – Frequent waking can be another sign that your baby is teething. You may have grown accustomed to your baby ‘sleeping through’, but, with the onset of teething, he/she may start waking frequently through the night, causing much distress and fatigue to parents.
9 – Fever and a higher than normal temperature can also be a symptom of teething, as gum inflammation can sometimes cause a low fever. If your baby is running a temperature always seek medical attention.
10 – One severe symptom of teething is bleeding of the gums, and naturally, the sight of blood can make parents very alarmed. Occasionally, a tooth breaking through can cause small cysts to appear, which, when the pressure increases, the cysts open, causing the gums to bleed.