Tell if Baby is Teething

Teething is a process that every baby must undergo. Some babies begin teething much earlier than others. For instance, there are infants who begin to exhibit the signs of teething as early as 4 months of age. For other babies, it can take up to 12 months. Unfortunately, the process of teething can be a painful, arduous event for an infant. Following are some common signifiers of teething in a child.

Excessive Drooling

We all know that babies drool a great deal. However, during the development of teeth, drooling can be at an all-time high. If you are finding puddles of drool all over your floor and all down the front of your baby’s shirt, indeed, your child may be teething. While an excessive amount of drool can be unpleasant, it is usually harmless. To cope with drooling, make sure that you always keep a fresh change of your infant’s clothing on hand. Also, bibs may become your best friends during this time. Make sure that you keep a supply of baby wipes with you as well. If you allow drool to remain on your child’s face for an excessive amount of time, the facial skin can begin to become chapped and irritated. Try to wipe away saliva as soon as it becomes visible.

Constant Chewing

In addition to drooling, teething babies often chew an excessive amount. You may find your infant chewing on the furniture, upon a pacifier or even on their own hands and fingers. Often, babies chew in this manner to rupture the gums and allow the newly forming teeth to break through the surface. This process is commonly referred to as “cutting a tooth.” If your baby is chewing constantly, it may become necessary to cover the corners of your furniture. Your child’s newly formed teeth could inflict quite a bit of damage upon your furniture. To alleviate some of the urge to chew, try giving your baby a teething ring. These rings can be placed into the refrigerator prior to use. The cold sensation can help to relieve sore gums.

Overall Fussiness

Unfortunately, obtaining a new set of teeth can really hurt. When the teeth begin to break through the surface of the gums, soreness and irritation can occur. Being in a constant state of pain can cause your baby to become fussy and irritable. Again, try giving your baby something cold to chew on to numb the gums a bit. Also, do not feed your infant with a metal spoon – the metal edges can exacerbate sore gums. Instead, opt for a soft, rubber spoon. For some children, it is appropriate to try a dosage of baby aspirin. However, always contact your child’s pediatrician before giving your baby any medication.