The teething period is crucial for the development of babies because from now on they can start to eat different kinds of meals instead of breast milk and formula. During this period, your babies will have several symptoms that may annoy and discomfort them. At the age of 4 months to 7 months, it is common for babies to show their first symptoms of teething. You need the ability to recognize the symptom of teething so you can soothe your baby’s teething tears. Let us guide you through the common teething symptoms of babies to help you.
1. Dribbling a lot
It is the easiest sign for you to notice the process of teething in your kids. Since their nerve system is stimulated by teething it’s causing the baby to drool more. Their little mouth still has not fully developed and is unable to keep that much fluid from coming out. Your baby clothes then maybe wet, soggy and make your baby uncomfortable so you should gently wipe the baby mouth and chin when they start drooling.
2. Rashes Around the Mouth and Chin Area
As mentioned above, constantly dribbling a lot will cause rashes to appear on your baby’s skin around the mouth, chin, and neck. So keep this area in protection by wiping the drool and wearing a bib for your baby. It is recommended to use nursing cream or baby skin cream (allergy permitting) to create an invisible barrier for your baby skin and protect it well so that their rash will go away.
Coughing is another side effect of dribbling. With a mouth full of water, your baby may choke and start to cough. It’s a normal symptom and you don’t have to worry too much unless there are other symptoms. If you’re unsure, make sure to consult your doctor about this.
4. More Biting
During the teething process, your little one may have to experience discomfort as the teeth pierce their gums and this discomfort situation can be relieved by counterpressure (Chewing and biting for simple). Your baby will chew and bite on whatever they can find including your nipples! So it’s important to keep everything around your baby clean and try to use a damp cloth or your finger to gently soothe your baby’s gums
5. Crying A lot
Babies normally cry a lot. However, due to the itchy or painful feeling of the teething process, some babies even cry and whine more frequently to announce their discomfort to their parents. When you see your baby crying, you should distract your baby from the teething feeling by letting them play with their favorite toys or play with them. Your baby will get used to the teething feeling and they won’t be quite so bothered later on.
6. Losing Appetite
Although having something in their mouth may ease their discomfort, teething will likely make your baby irritable, uncomfortable and make them lose their appetite. They won’t want to eat as it will affect their gums. This may be frustrating as you cannot fill their hungry tummy. In this case, you can use cool food like yogurt or blended fruit and veggies. But, make sure it’s not too cold for them as their teeth may be too sensitive. You should also try to distract your baby from the teething discomfort while feeding them. Your baby will eat normally soon, however, if the appetite loss lasts longer you should call a doctor to ensure your baby’s health.
7. Night Waking
Taking care of a child in the middle of the night is the common practice for parents. However, The teething process can irritate your baby during the night, keeping them awake longer than usual. At that time, you can pat or sing a lullaby to help your baby feel comfortable, helping them to go back to sleep.
8. Pulling Ear/ Rubbing Cheek
For some babies, their gums are sore due to teething and they may pull hard on their ear or rub their cheek and chin. Gums, ears, and cheeks share nerve pathways so when the gums are hurting, it hurts the ear and cheek as well. You should pay attention to when your baby has those symptoms and prevent them from causing damage to their body.
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