- 1 The Top Signs of Teething
- 2 It is possible to alleviate your baby’s discomfort with
- 3 these remedies.
- 4 When Should You Call The Doctor?
Teething is a normal process that all babies go through at some point but different children go through it at different ages. Most of the time, babies begin to teeth at the age of 6 months but teething at 2 months is also possible. You might have noticed how much your baby is drooling and how cranky he is. Could that be a sign of teething? Is it possible to teeth at such a young age?
Doing so is possible and there are babies who actually start teething at this age and by the time, they are three years, they will have all their teeth in place. If you are not sure about what is going on, and you would like to know if they are teething, here are some signs that you can examine.
The Top Signs of Teething
Babies will not understand why they feel sore, aches and itchy. Fortunately, you can help them with this process by looking out for signs of teething in your baby.
It will be hard for you to believe how much fluid can actually come from such a tiny mouth. You see, teething stimulates drooling and this can go on for a long time before they are done. You can check how soggy the baby’s shirts get. Then, you can use a bib to prevent this kind of behavior. Additionally, a bib makes them feel comfortable. You should keep wiping their chin gently in order to stave off chapping.
When the teeth are poking through the gums, the pressure makes the baby very uncomfortable. This discomfort can be relieved through counter pressure, which is done by chewing or biting. Teething babies’ bite whatever they can get their tiny hands on from teething rings, nipples to rattles and fingers.
Some babies suffer from a lot of pain when their tender gums are inflamed. They will whine and cry a lot. There are those babies who just breeze through this process with a little whimper now and then but others will make you aware of their discomfort by crying. The first teeth usually hurt more than the rest. However, after a while, the baby will get used to teething and it will stop bothering them. You should see your pediatrician about painkillers for the baby if the pain seems unbearable.
Teething rash :
If the baby is drooling, then the drool might cause chapping, chafing, rashes or redness. You will see the rashes around their mouth and on their chin and sometimes, even the neck. Try to pat away as much of the drool as you can as often as you can. Applying Vaseline will create a moisture barrier. You can also moisturize this area with a gentle unscented cream if you must. Some nursing creams are great for this as well.
Gag reflex and coughing :
So much drool can make your baby cough or gag. However, this is really not much to worry about unless your baby has a cold, flu or has allergies.
As the teeth press on babies’ gums, their mouth will ache, which is not a surprise really. This would make anyone feel uncomfortable including your tiny one. At this stage, babies could get irritable at some pint. Some babies become irritable for a few hours but others become fussy for days on end.
Refuse to feed the baby :
teething babies crave for something on their gums including bottles and mother’s milk. However, the suction or nursing on a nipple or a bottle could cause even more discomfort on their sore gums and make them feel worse. Consequently, your baby will be fussy about feeding and this will only intensify the discomfort, as he will be both sore and hungry.
Night waking :
When teeth start to emerge, the discomfort caused disrupts your baby’s night slumber. When babies wake up, try getting them to sleep because feeding them at night will come back to haunt you.
Cheek rubbing and ear pulling :
When the teeth are coming in, you might notice babies pulling at their ears furiously or rubbing their cheeks and chin. This is because gums, ears, and cheeks share some nerves and hence once the gums are affected, it might trigger the cheeks and ears as well.
It is possible to alleviate your baby’s discomfort with
• Chewing : When babies are teething, they love to chew because it provides counter pressure. This relieves the aching. Buy them rubber teething rings, rattles or other chewy soft toys. Teething toys are even better when they are cold because they sooth the gums so put some in the fridge.
• Cold drinks : At two months, it is not advisable to do this but if your baby is over six months, you can offer the baby something cold for a chilly relief.
• Pressure : You can massage or apply a gentle pressure on your baby’s gums to help ease the pain. You can also give a wooden spoon or wooden toys, which might do a great job as well.
• Breastfeeding : While your baby is teething at 2 months, it is still a very young age, and breastfeeding could help them calm down. However, it can be quite painful if the baby decides to bite your nipples while he is breastfeeding. In this case, you can move to other solutions instead.
When Should You Call The Doctor?
Some signs of teething could simply be signs pointing to an illness. If the symptoms get worse, like a fever that goes on for more than a few days, then it could be something else other than teething. If this was a false alarm and your baby is not teething, then you can easily wait until your baby is six months or older. At this time, your baby’s first teeth will come in. However, if your child goes past 15 months without teeth, then you should see a doctor so that he can diagnose what the problem could be. The teething process will last up to two years but you can rest easy because, after the first few teeth, the process will not be painful.