6 Signs your baby is teething – and how to deal with it!
- Excessive drool
From the time babies are new-born’s, they haven’t quite learned how to swallow their own saliva. This often causes excessive drooling. Fast forward to teething, and the drooling starts again (or never stops in some cases). When your baby is teething, their mouth creates extra saliva to lubricate the tender and swollen gums.
- Fussier than usual - especially at night
Teething symptoms make babies who once slept through the night to wake up frequently for comfort. At night when you are sleeping, your baby will feel the teething pain more because there are no distractions like during the day. Because of this, teething babies will usually nap less and wake up earlier in the morning. Every moms dream!
- Fever, rash and diarrhea
Although some doctors disagree, many mamas detect a slight fever (under 38 degrees Celsius) in their babies when teeth are imminent. Added to this, the extra drool - and munching on hands - can cause facial rashes, chafing, and coughing, since it pools at the back of the throat. Some babies even develop diaper rash and diarrhea. Oh how I don’t miss those teething nappies!
- Decreased appetite
When babies are in pain, they generally don’t want to eat, especially since it triggers their sore spots. Keep trying to feed them as much as possible, despite the resistance. Call your doctor if your baby’s stops eating all together - they are sensitive to dehydration.
- Pulling of ears and rubbing of chin and cheeks
Babies can be quite resourceful and administer self-massage. By pulling and rubbing around their jaw, they create counter pressure that eases some of the pain and throbbing. The first sign of teething for our little girl was the constant pulling of her ears, which we first assumed to be an ear infection!
- Biting more than usual
Bite, bite, bite on anything from spoons, to toys, to your breast. Our little girl liked chewing on her hands the best, but there’s a bunch of teething toys on the market which may also help.
Bonus: Which Baby Teeth Come In First?
If your little baby is acting different lately because of teething symptoms, take heart there’s good reason. Soon enough, her little pearly whites will surface. Here’s a quick look at which baby teeth come in first:
What to do?
- Lower inflammation - Apply cold and pressure:
Inflammation from teething stimulate nerves, causing pain. Soothe with something cold, like a frozen cloth or fruit. Apply teething cream as a last resort - Chemicals should always be a last resort.
- Boost the immune system:
There is some debate whether teething lowers the immune system, or whether the emergence of colds and fevers while teething is simply a coincidence. Either way, boosting baby’s immunity can’t hurt.
- Try teething toys:
Safe and non-toxic (BPA Free) objects that baby can chew - applying counter pressure to aching gums. Our daughter loved her Owl Munchy because the ears really got into those itchy, and hard to reach places! You can also throw it into the fridge and the cold silicone soothes the inflammation. Cold helps numb the area, while pressure soothes inflamed gums.