So your baby is a little crankier than usual and seems to be leaving a puddle of drool on every surface. Have you checked inside his mouth? There is a good chance he could be teething! As exciting as this milestone is it can also be really frustrating for parents and baby too.
This Ultimate teething guide has tons of information to help you and your little one get through it as smoothly as possible. We’ll be covering a few different areas.
- Chart of the average time that those pearly whites come in.
- Symptoms to look for.
- Remedies and tips to help baby be as comfortable as possible during the process.
Every Baby is Different
Although it’ s always nice to have an idea of what to expect, remember babies don’t necessarily go by the books and that is totally fine. The exact times that teeth erupt and even symptoms during teething can and do vary from one baby to the next. My daughter got her first tooth around 6 months old. My son is 9 months now and is still as toothless as can be. I have been checking his gums constantly the last couple months waiting to see the signs of a little white tooth and still nothing! I know that it will happen when the time is right for him, so we are just enjoying his gummy smile while it lasts.
As you can see in the chart the first to come through are usually the bottom middle teeth. The teeth then continue to erupt from the front all the way to the back molars. This may happen gradually, one tooth at a time, or your baby may start getting several teeth all at once. Ouch!
Teething Signs and Symptoms
Some babies seem to have a really hard time with teething. Others breeze through it without much trouble at all. My daughter was always a little fussy before a tooth would come in, but we never lost sleep over it. Just like the variance of the timing of teeth coming in, the symptoms each infant exhibits are completely different too.
Here are some common signs and symptoms of teething that you might notice:
- Trouble sleeping
- Rubbing face and or ears
- Excessive drooling
- Swollen gums
- Increased chewing and sucking
- Not wanting to eat
Though these are all signs of teething it is possible that some of these could relate to another issue. Just pay attention to your baby’s demeanor and symptoms. Fever, diarrhea and runny nose are not actual teething symptoms and if they last more than 24 hours you should contact your child’s pediatrician just to be safe.
If you see that your baby is experiencing a few of these symptoms you’ll probably be seeing a cute little tooth soon. Time to bring out the camera!
So it’s official, your baby is cutting his first tooth and he is not happy about it! Waiting for these things to come through is hard work and it hurts too. Luckily, throughout the years parents have found some pretty great remedies to help babies through it. Hopefully if these work you won’t have near as much crying in your house and baby AND mommy can get some sleep.
- Let baby chew on frozen washcloth
- Infant pain reliever
- Natural Orajel
- Teether toys
- Teether jewelry
- Rub baby’s gums
- Serve baby food chilled
Giving baby plenty of calcium will be sure to give him strong bones and teeth for the years to come. You even get to brush those tiny teeth to keep them clean and healthy.
What special remedies does your family use to help cope with teething pain?