How does the teething start?
The whole process of teething begins a little earlier than the very appearance of a visible cutting tooth. It is accompanied by a number of symptoms that will tell the parents that this significant period of their child’s life has just begun. Below we present the most common signs of teething.
Heavy drooling is usually one of the first symptoms of upcoming teething. This symptom is completely natural and is related to the fact that the child who feels discomfort or pain in his mouth, opens his mouth and puts his tongue back to avoid irritation of his gums. In addition, the tooth buds often cause slight inflammation in the oral cavity, which also may be the reason for salivation.
During drooling you should remember to change the baby’s clothes frequently and put on his bib to avoid skin contact with saliva. Excessive secretion of saliva and impact of digestive enzymes on the skin can also result in chin irritation in the form of a skin rash. Parents should regularly dry their baby’s face with a soft nappy or lignin and apply salve or protective cream on his chin. Be especially careful when it comes to wet skin while going out for a walk with your kid.
Cough in the teething period is a symptom caused by secretion of excessive amounts of saliva. If it is slight and occasional, it is something natural and should not give rise to concern. If, however, the cough is strong and dry and accompanied by respiratory problems, it may not be connected in any way with teething and should be immediately consulted with a doctor.
Irritated and tumid gums cause pain and itching, so in order to get some relief the baby starts to insert into his mouth not only his hands, but also toys and everything that gets in his hands. Many a time the baby also tries to bite his parent or guardian. When you notice that your baby puts objects to his mouth, you should make sure that they are safe and hygienic. A lot of parents invest in teething rings possible to be cooled which bring relief to the baby while biting.
Pulling the ear or rubbing the cheek
Such behaviour is related to the child’s pain moved along nerves to the baby’s ear or face. This is quite a worrying symptom, as it may signal for example, otitis, so it must not be disregarded. Even if it turns out that pulling the ear is connected only with teething, it is a good idea to use the assistance of a doctor and diagnose the problem.
When you look to the mouth of your baby who has entered a period of teething, you will see that his gums are reddened and softened. Swollen gums are the main cause of pain and itching during teething. For this reason, the child is usually irritated and refuses to eat.
When teeth cut through the gum, the pain may be of various intensity levels. Some babies suffer a lot, while others feel only a very slight discomfort. People believe that the pain of the gums is the strongest at the very beginning of teething when the lower and upper incisors come in. After some time, the baby may get used to the unpleasant feeling. Fortunately, there are effective ways to slightly relieve the baby’s pain and it is worth applying them.
Irritation and listlessness
This symptom of teething – directly connected with the pain – is irritation, inclination to crying and grumbling or on the other hand, even listlessness. Weeping and winces during teething are completely natural. Discomfort may also make the child cuddle towards his parent and show no willingness to play or be active. Try to divert the baby’s attention and redirect it to something else, although obviously this does not always work.
Loss of appetite
When trying to feed the baby, irritated and swollen gums will hurt him. No wonder that he may lose his appetite for some time. Do not force-feed the baby. Try feeding the baby with a teaspoon. However, this may not be liquid food only, but rather a pulp so that the child does not choke.
During teething diarrhoea is usually caused by the fact that the child swallows too much saliva during that time. His stool is more loose and frequent, which may resemble diarrhoea. If the diarrhoea is not strong and does not continue too long (no more than 24 hours) there is no reason for concern. You must only prevent dehydration and painful nappy rash on the child’s bottom.
Teething may be accompanied by a slightly raised temperature not higher than 38 degrees Celsius. If high fever persists for more than a day, you should promptly consult a doctor as this could be a symptom of a serious disease. This must not be disregarded.
The baby suffers pain which may intensify in the evening, so he may have problems with falling asleep or waking up at night. In this case, you should soothe your baby and help him fall asleep. There is no single piece of advice how to help your child, every parent must find the best way on their own. Your baby will certainly not give you a hint with this.
Cutting teeth, when emerging through the gums, may damage them and result in bleeding and haematoma in the form of blue or brown dots in the place where a tooth is to appear. Haematoma is caused also due to bleeding under the surface of the gum, when a tooth injures a blood vessel. You should show any such alarming changes to the baby’s doctor.