Teething is one of the most frustrating parts of being a parent. It is hard to tell if your baby is teething because she can’t tell you what is wrong, so you just have to guess.
To make it harder, your baby can start teething as early as 2 months old, meaning they may be teething during their “PURPLE crying” time.
To make it a little easier though, there are some tell-tale signs that your baby might be teething.
- Drooling. Teething babies tend to drool a lot more when they are teething. It is hard to believe that so much fluid can come out of such a little person, but teething stimulates saliva production and your little one doesn’t know how to swallow it on her own.
- Rash. Because of the constant drooling your baby may develop a rash on her cheeks, chin, and neck. Make sure to keep her face and neck dry the best you can. Because of the increased moisture, she can even develop a little rash on her chest. If your baby develops a rash elsewhere though, make sure to see your doctor.
- Biting. The pressure that biting and chewing puts on the gums actually relieves some of the pain.
- Irritability. Teething hurts and your baby doesn’t understand why, so she will be fussier than normal because this is the only way she knows how to deal with the pain.
- Refusing to eat. The pain from teething can increase with sucking, so for babies who are not on solid food, they may refuse to eat.
- Ear pulling. Pain from the mouth can radiate to the ears. This is more common with the molars, but pulling on the ears can be another sign that your baby is teething. If she has a high fever though, make sure you take her to the doctor to rule out an ear infection.
- Fever. Some doctors agree with this while others don’t. Teething causes swelling and inflammation of the gums, and any swelling and inflammation has the potential to cause a fever. This fever should be low grade though, and not above 101. For a fever over 101 you should see the doctor to ensure there is nothing else going on.
- Waking in the night. The pain from teething can cause your baby to wake up in the middle of the night when she was sleeping through the night.
- Tooth visible under the gum. If you see a little hint of white or feel a sharp point when you rub your baby’s gums, chances are your baby is teething. You may think this is a great thing and that you are almost done with teething, but teeth can pop up and go back down several times before they cut through the gum.
- Diarrhea is not a symptom. Many parents swear that diarrhea is a symptom of teething, but this is not the case. Your baby may have looser stools due to the increased saliva, but if your baby is stooling more than normal and they are liquid you should see the doctor.
Keep in mind though that symptoms can show up as much as 2-3 months before the first tooth shows up. Those months can be long and difficult, so make sure you know how to deal with teething and treat those symptoms.
What symptoms did you notice when your baby was teething?