Baby teething symptoms vary from baby to baby. Because of the differences in this stage, physicians and parents often disagree as to the teething symptoms as well as the types of pain associated with them. Nevertheless, parents and physicians agree on some symptoms and these are the baby teething symptoms shown in this article.
The first teething symptom experienced by babies going through this stage is irritability. As the first sharp little tooth slowly comes out, your baby’s gums will increasingly become more painful and sore, causing your baby to become very fussy. The discomfort and pain is at its worst when the first tooth is coming out and later on when the molars rise due to their larger size. This is usually the case because babies start to get used to the sensation of baby teething and learn to deal with them. However, you may also find your baby acting fussy during the entire teething stage because, remember, the reaction may differ from one child to another.
Another common symptom of teething is drooling, especially when the baby is between three and four months of age. Drooling is stimulated by teething and may be worse in some babies. Coughing is also a symptom that the baby is at the teething stage. The extra saliva can cause occasional coughing or gagging. When the cough is caused by teething and your baby does not have a cold, fever or flu, there isn’t anything to worry about.
Chin rash also occurs during the teething stage. If the baby drools a lot, constant contact with saliva can irritate the mouth and chin. To prevent this, just wipe your baby’s chin and mouth periodically.
Teething babies gum and gnaw down on anything they can get their mouth around. This is because the counter pressure caused by biting helps relieve the pressure felt by the baby under their gums.
Ear pulling and cheek rubbing also signify teething because pain in the gums often travel to the cheeks and ears, especially when the back molars begin coming out. However, do not forget the ear pulling can also be a sign of ear infection.
Although fever is a constant subject of debate between parents and physicians, some pediatricians agree that babies get a slight fever when teething. If your baby’s fever lasts more than two days, this might be something else and you should consult with your baby’s pediatrician immediately.
Difficulty in sleeping is also experienced by babies during the teething stage. This is primarily because of the pain experienced during the day and night but the pain gets worse at night, so you may find your baby wakes more often at this time. This is said to happen more often during the first set of teeth as well as with the molars.
Cold like symptoms may also show signs similar to those of teething. Coughing, runny noses, and general cold symptoms are believed to be experienced by babies during the baby teething stage because they put their hands in the mouth more often. However, it’s better to play it safe and consult your doctor if symptoms like this occur.