Dental Problems

Symptoms of Baby Teething

The symptoms of baby teething vary from one kid to the other. Most commonly these symptoms appear just before teething begins, but in some it may appear after the teething begins. Some of the common symptoms are listed below.

  • Diarrhea-

    Most parents, physicians and researchers disagree that diarrhea is a symptom of teething. But, usually slightly looser stools are observed in a teething baby due to the extra saliva swallowed.

  • Irritability-

    This is the major symptom in teething babies. When the tooth moves to the surface of the gums, it pushes the gums and increases pain and soreness. Thus, the baby may get irritated and become more fussy.

  • Drooling-

    Most babies around 3 to 4 months of age start drooling. It may become worse as teething stimulates drooling.

  • Coughing-

    The main cause for your baby to cough is the extra saliva which is swallowed. There is nothing to worry, until the baby is fine and doesn’t show any signs of flu or cold or high fever.

  • Biting and gnawing-

    Babies develop the pressure and sensation to bite and gnaw during teething. Thus, they need to be given some baby care toys which are safe and are non-toxic.

  • Chin rash-

    When a baby starts drooling, the saliva which is in constant contact with the skin, around the mouth and chin becomes irritated. This causes rashes on the skin, thus, the baby’s mouth must be wiped off frequently.

  • Cheek rubbing and/or ear pulling-

    When the teeth begin to develop, especially the molars, the pain from the gums can travel to the cheeks and ears. Thus, the baby may start pulling the ears or rub the cheeks. But, make sure that pulling the ears can also be due to ear infections.

  • Low-grade fever-

    This is another symptom which parents and some doctors disagree. But, make sure to consult a doctor if the fever continues for more than two days.

  • Sleeping problems-

    The pain and pressure from the gums all through the day and night may distract your baby’s sleep. This is more common when the first few teeth and molars come in.

  • Other symptoms (cold, runny nose, etc,.)-

    Some babies may have common cold, runny nose or cough. This is because they usually start putting dirty hands in the mouth.

These are the common symptoms while baby is teething. But, these symptoms may also occur due to various reasons or causes. Thus, it is better to consult a pediatrician or a doctor to get to know the actual cause.

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