Teething Symptoms

In most cases baby will just start sleeping through the night, when teething comes along to embezzle your sleep!

Not all babies have the terrible teething symptoms, some babies go through it as though nothing is happening…mom might not even know that baby is teething until a tooth starts showing. There are babies, that endure such a difficult teething time that they actually appear to be ill.

The teeth can take months before they all appear, but baby teething symptoms are worse during the last few days in which the teeth break through the gum. The first teeth that come out are usually the most painful, because they are large…this is true for the back teeth as well, although they only come out much later from about the age of one.

Here are the Symptoms of teething in infants to watch for, you may observe any of the following signs symptoms of teething:

- Teething rash ~ This is a rash found on baby’s chin from all the drooling. The saliva can irritate the skin causing a rash. You can use coconut oil as a barrier cream, which is great for baby’s skin and doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients, this can be used by eczema prone babies too. You can also prevent this by keeping baby’s chin clean and dry.

- Chewing on everything in sight (including mom sometimes, if she is breastfeeding) ~ This helps baby relieve some of the pain and pressure on the gums

- Waking up at night more often than usual and making moaning sounds while asleep.

- Reflux (spitting up more often)

- Becoming fussy at the breast.

- Ear tugging and eye rubbing ~ The pain and inflammation from the gums can move up to the ears and eyes.

- Excessive drooling ~ You may notice that even baby’s clothes get wet from all the dribbling. You can start using a bib during the day to catch all that extra saliva.

- A little bleeding in the gums ~ Caused by the teeth braking through the skin.

- Teething fever ~ Usually happens just before a tooth cuts through the gums. The fever is caused by the inflammation in the gums. This should be a low fever not higher than 39 degrees Celsius.

- Diaper rash ~ Caused by the additional saliva that is swallowed from the extreme drooling.

- The most difficult baby teething symptom is when baby refuses food and/or refuses to breastfeed.

- Breastfeeding more often usually for comfort… read more about comfort feeding here.

- Some babies may cough or gag a little; this is just because of the additional saliva they are swallowing and not anything to worry about, except if baby has a high temperature.

- Diarrhea ~ Also caused through the extra saliva swallowed. Stools may just be a little runnier than usual or very runny. Do not ignore constant diarrhea.

If it persists for longer than a few days, its best to see your doctor. Also make sure baby is drinking enough fluids or breastfeeding frequently to prevent dehydration.

- Crying ~ The pain of teething may be too much for some babies to handle. Ask your doctor about pain medication.

- Congestion or runny nose

- Excessive fussiness

- Swollen, red gums

- Hot flushed cheeks


If the teething infant symptoms are severe, lasting more than a few days contact your doctor.


Other pages on “breastfeeding problems” in connection with this page on teething symptoms

- Read more about teething in general

- Read more on the different teething remedies

- Make your own homemade teething biscuits

- Signs for readiness to start solids

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