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Is your baby dribbling? Is he or she getting more irritable than normal? Every baby experiences teething differently from the time their first tooth comes through to the symptoms they have.
So when does teething begin? It really varies from one baby to another.
According to WebMD.com:
Teething usually begins around 6 months of age. But it is normal for teething to start at any time between 3 months and 12 months of age. By the time your child is about 3 years old, he or she will have all 20 primary teeth.
When it comes to symptoms, expect your baby to have various teething symptoms. According to pediatrician Deb Lonzer,:
No more than a third of babies have any one symptom … one-third of the kids might drool, another third might be irritable, and another third might have trouble sleeping.
Although the teething stage is a difficult time for your baby, you could help ease the pain. By being aware of the teething signs, you’d know how you could comfort your little one.
Biting and gnawing. A teething baby will gnaw and gum-down on anything. The counter pressure from biting helps relieve the pressure from under the gums and temporarily numbs the pain. Source: MetroParent.com
The diamond shaped teething attachment on our bibs is perfect for this!
To help relieve and ease the discomfort that your baby may be experiencing, your baby may be gnawing on anything and everything that he/she can get his/her hands on. Everything is acceptable to your baby.
Heavy dribbling. The byproduct of a baby’s saliva production, drooling begins when a child is about 3 months old and lasts until he’s between 12 and 15 months old – more or less the same time period as teething. Drooling is a classic symptom of your baby’s teeth gradually pushing toward the gum’s surface, a process that can start months before the first tooth’s eruption. Source: Mom365.com
When your baby is teething, an extra amount of dribbling is normal because the body creates extra saliva to lubricate their gums. It’s definitely a good time to have our dribble and chew bibs handy during your baby’s dribbling stage.
Gum-rubbing or finger-chewing. Chewing helps to relieve the pain and pressure of teething, so you may notice your baby trying to soothe herself by chewing on her fingers. Try to keep your baby’s hands clean so that she doesn’t swallow any germs. Source:BabyCentre.co.uk
During teething, your baby’s gums become tender. As a result, your baby will have the tendency to touch their gums with their fingers to soother them. You could use a cold teething ring or the teether attached to our bib to soothe their gums.
Cheek-rubbing and ear-pulling. Pain in the gums may spread to the ears and cheeks, particularly when the back molars begin coming in. This is why you may see your baby rubbing his cheeks or pulling at his ears. Source: MetroParent.com
Chin or facial rash. If your baby is a heavy drooler, the constant contact with saliva may cause the skin around the chin and mouth to become irritated. Gently wipe your baby’s mouth and chin periodically throughout the day to help prevent chapped skin and rashes. Source: MetroParent.com
Patting away the drool will help prevent the rash. You can also create a moisture barrier with Vaseline or Aquaphor, and moisturize with a gentle unscented skin cream as needed. Have some nipple cream (like Lansinoh) on hand? It’s great for protecting tender baby skin, too.
Irritability and fussiness. Your baby’s mouth will ache as that little tooth presses on the gums and pokes up to the surface, and, not surprisingly, it’ll probably make her feel out of sorts. Some babies may be irritable for just a few hours, but others can stay crabby for days or even weeks. Source: WhatToExpect.com
Decreased appetite or refusal to feed. Uncomfortable, cranky babies yearn to be soothed by something in their mouths — whether a bottle or the breast. But the suction of nursing may make a teething baby’s sore gums feel worse. For that reason, teething babies are fussy about feedings (and get more frustrated asneither their discomfort nor their hungry tummies find relief). Babies eating solid foods may also refuse to eat during teething. Source: WhatToExpect.com
Keep feeding your baby during meal times and also when your baby appears hungry so that they continue to get nourishment. If your baby still keeps refusing to eat, call your doctor.