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Teething and what you need to know

Your cutie patootie is growing and you’re starting to notice a change in behavior and/or something in their gums which seems to make them a little uncomfortable – if so, your little one is probably starting to teeth! For some babies, teething isn’t really a bother but for the most, it truly is. It’s important for mom and dad to know how to
deal with a teething baby so the household isn’t too stressed out. Read on for some facts about teething and what you need to know.

When do they normally start teething?

Understand that every child is unique with their growth – the typical eruption of a tooth can start anywhere from 3 months and could have no visible signs of the actual teeth yet. So your baby may start feeling gum tingling and the tooth may appear between 4 – 10 months.

For some babies, teething eruptions can happen one after the other consistently, while others may have huge break gaps – having some teeth come out months later after the first eruption. This continues on until 30-36 months of age, usually ending with the molars.

How do you know if your baby is teething?

Babies that start teething early on usually show signs of some discomfort/irritability. This can include disrupted sleep, inflammation of gums, loss of appetite, and a mild temperature. If you notice them starting to want to bite on more solid things – that’s one clear sign that teething is happening. There are other symptoms that will show to determine teething in babies but it’s best to know what is normal and what isn’t.

Teething may cause the following symptoms:

  • Fussiness
  • Increased want to latch on the breast for breastfeeding babies
  • Increased drooling
  • Restlessness
  • The constant need to put things in the mouth and biting
  • Rubbing the cheek or ear region

Teething and what you need to know - Baby biting a storybook

Importantly, these are symptoms worth noting that isn’t normal to be considered and would require you to visit
your baby’s pediatrician:

  • Fever (above 38.5°C)
  • Colds and Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Body rashes

Is it normal for babies to have a fever while teething?

While teething can cause some distress to the baby resulting in tension and warming of the baby, teething does not and should not cause fever. A baby’s normal temperature, in their first year of life, can run up to 38.5 C – anything above that would be considered a fever. If your baby’s temperature goes beyond, you should
immediately see your baby’s pediatrician.

Teething and what you need to know - baby wearing a hat laying on the bed crying

What can I do to soothe my baby while teething?

  1. If you’re still breastfeeding, continue to breastfeed and let the baby latch as often as they want. This soothes
    them and helps with the fussiness they get from gum irritation.
  2. Freeze or chill fruits and offer them to your baby – ensure proper supervision.
  3. You can use approved baby gum soothing gels. Ensure to check with your baby’s pediatrician with what brand
    or type is safe.
  4. A cold/frozen spoon is a great soother which you can place against your baby’s gums.
  5. Massaging your baby’s gums is one way to help them soothe.
  6. Teething toys are a great way to help with the irritation and drooling.
  7. Keep the baby close to you and keep them lovingly cuddled!

We may not be experts with baby care but it’s important that we have some knowledge when it comes to teething.

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