There are many ups and downs in your first years of parenting. Once you jump over the first hurdle, the next one isn’t far behind. One of these hurdles is teething. Although every baby starts teething at a different time, some as early as 3 months, others as late as 8-9 months. It’s important to be prepared and stock up on all the essentials before the first symptoms make their appearance. There are a multitude of signs to keep an eye out for to know when your baby is starting to grow those teeth. You can always get a head start and prepare during your pregnancy, along with keeping an eye out for the following signs your baby is working on their first tooth.
One of the first signs your babies teeth want to make their first appearance is the non-stop drooling and accompanying spit bubbles and drenched onesies. When the spit won't stop, you know those teeth are trying to make and entrance. Babies start producing more saliva when they start to teeth, their bodies do so in order to lubricate the sore gums. When you notice your baby starting to excessively drool, it is safe to assume that their first tooth is trying to protrude from their gums.
Along with drooling, excessive biting is another first sign that your baby is starting to teeth. You will notice your baby chewing and biting on everything within reach, even you. Chewing and biting on items puts pressure on your babies gums, which feel good to them. Therefore, as a reflex, teething babies try to chew on anything within reach. To help them fulfill their needs safely, a teething necklace should be purchased before teething is in full effect. When purchasing a teething necklace to fulfill your babies needs, and alleviate with the pressure and discomfort, make sure to purchase an organic product that uses safe ingredients, such as Bebsi. Furthermore, make sure your teething toy doesn't get lost, by purchasing one that you can clip to your babies clothes, and keep in their reach at all times.
An additional sign of teething - and arguably the most dreaded, is fussiness. Teething comes with some pain and discomfort, which may result in your baby being fussy. If your baby is in the age range when teething is a possible culprit of the fussiness, make sure you are prepared to go the extra mile in order to alleviate their discomfort. A cool washcloth on their gums, or placing their teething necklace in the fridge to help cool sore gums are some of the ways you can help your baby when it is uncomfortable and fussy because they are teething.
Changes in sleep patterns
Although not one of the main symptoms of teething, the discomfort of teething can result in changes in their sleep patterns and schedules. Whether your baby is up in the middle of the night because it is uncomfortable, or it is sleepy in the middle of the day because teething can be draining on the body - new teeth can have many effects on your baby's sleep schedule. When the first signs of teething make their debut, be prepared for irregular sleep patterns and accompanying fussiness.
Fever, rashes & cough
In addition, it is not unusual to witness fever, rashes or diarrhea. These may all be signs of teething, the most common being a slightly raised temperature. However, it is recommended to check with your pediatrician to make sure any of the above symptoms are related to teething, and not something different.
Because of the discomfort in their gums, babies can exhibit decreased appetite. When you suspect or now that your baby is teething, a decreased appetite can be normal. If your baby is eating significantly less, you can keep track of their eating habits to ensure they are consuming the amount of nutrition they need.
One of the most obvious signs your baby is teething are their gums. Swollen, bulging gums and white specs becoming more and more visible over time are intuitive signs that your baby is about to present you with their first tooth. White spots are usually visible on the center bottom and top gum, as these are the teeth that usually come in first. These specific areas are also the ones that usually get swollen and tender first. If you notice your babies gums are sore, apply gentle pressure with your washed fingers, or a cool washcloth. Pressure can alleviate some discomfort of teething. If that isn’t enough, you can throw your Bebsi teething necklace into the fridge for a couple of minutes, and let your bebe chomp away on their cool teething necklace for extra discomfort relief.
Pulling of ears and chin
Lastly, if your bebe starts pulling their own ears and touching their jaw - they are definitely teething. Because of the discomfort, many little ones find themselves touching their face excessively. Because of their lack of proper coordination, hands aiming for the gums end up all over the place, mostly the ears and jaw.
To sum it up, the above are the most common teething symptoms. Teething doesn't have to come with all of these symptoms and may include others that aren’t listed above too. Now that you know what signs to keep and eye out for, and which teething necklace to arm yourself with, you should be equipped for the start of your babies teething journey. Always remember, teething is not always an easy time for you or your baby, and you are doing the best you can. Every tough time with your baby is worth it for the greater good of your baby growing up. Every mom is doing the best they possibly can, and the fussiness and discomfort is nothing you can completely alleviate them of. Pick out a teething necklace for your bebe, choose which color is your vibe and be prepared for those tiny teeth that are about to have a giant impact on your life, nerves and sleep schedule.