Your beautiful bundle of joy soon turns into a screaming terror that deprives you of sleep and peace and quiet, teething is a hard time for everybody, both you and your toddler will suffer undoubtedly.
It isn’t just the pain of the teeth pushing through that you need to worry about or deal with though, there can be many symptoms to the teething phase.
When Does It Start
Teething can vary significantly depending on the child, some will start at as young as four months and others will start at around fifteen months.
The teeth will often appear one at a time over a period of months, it is usually around the end of the process when the molars are coming through that your child will be in pain, this is because the molars are much larger than the other teeth.
Gum Swelling And Sensitivity
Due to the number of teeth coming through, the gums can become very sensitive and saw, new teeth breaking through and settling constantly can cause swelling and uncomfortable pain. There are creams and home solutions to deal with this and is normal and shouldn’t be worrying.
The emergence of teeth or new teeth can cause your baby to drool, though initially this isn’t harmful, if it carries on it can lead to a rash. The drool will continue to irritate the skin around your baby’s mouth and cause a rash or in worse cases an infection. This can be stopped by monitoring your baby and wiping away any drool as and when it appears.
Biting Or Chewing
While teething, your child may develop the urge to chew on object with it’s new teeth, this is normal and there are many toys that you can get for your baby to try their new teeth out on, just make sure to keep these items clean and sanitary.
Your child may turn down food, this is because of the pain or discomfort they are feeling in their mouth, confused or unsure what it is they may refuse food, it is important to do what you can to encourage them to eat as it is important for their development and also they will just become more fussy and grouchy if they are hungry and in pain.
Irritability Or Fussiness
Without any outward tears or crying in pain, your child may just appear fussy and refuse to settle, this may be due to the pain of their teeth coming through. The feeling can be just uncomfortable enough that it is bearable, but enough to make them grouchy.
It is hard enough to get your baby to sleep some nights, but even more so if they have pain or discomfort from their gums, getting them to sleep can be very difficult but there are creams and medication you can use to help them settle.
Heightened Temperatures And Fevers
Some experts and parents swear by teething causing fevers and raised temperatures.
It is not universally agreed, but some people do believe that teething causes children to come out in a fever, the pain and raised temperature of inflamed and saw gums could be enough to offset your baby into a fever.
Many parents believe it is more than just coincidence that these two events happen at the same time.
If you suspect your child to have a fever it is important to check often on their temperature with a thermometer, whether you use a rectal, ear or under arm measure to read their temperature it is important to monitor this.
If your child does have a fever, then see medical advice or an appointment with a doctor for what you should do to treat it.
Make sure to have a first aid kit at home, especially a child specific thermometer.
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It might not take much to upset your baby’s tummy, but during the teething process many parents believe that their children suffer from symptoms of diarrhoea, this may not be a coincidence.
Some expert believe this is caused by the excess drooling occurring in the baby’s mouth.
The excess saliva is swallowed and sits in their stomach making their stool softer and potentially causing diarrhoea.
When To Seek Medical Advice
You should seek medical advice if your child suffers any alarming or abnormal symptoms, they may not be linked to the teething and could be another separate health issue that should not be ignored.
Don’t leave it to risk and get professional help or advice in any worrying situations with your baby’s health.
Hopefully this article goes to some length to help explain what to expect and how to deal with the symptoms of your child’s teething and gives you some peace of mind.