If you notice that your kid is getting irritated more often or taking random things into their mouth. It could be one of the signs that your baby’s teething.
Teething is a process when kids start to have their teeth. Now we know that kids are born without teeth and they start getting them around six to eight months and this continues till they are almost three.
The process of teething can be a challenging time for new parents as they may not be able to guess initially the reason behind their kids’ certain behavioral change. This is not just hard on the parents but also the kids and especially because they are unable to convey their sudden discomfort.
Our teeth are known to be the strongest part of our body so the process of getting these is particularly difficult and for the kids, it could be worse. Teething is often accompanied by a number of other symptoms that you can use as signs to know that your baby’s teething.
So now that you know when do babies start teething, you should also learn how to find out that the baby is teething.
How to know if baby is teething?
Many first-time parents find it very difficult to find out, is baby teething or not. The time for teething is different for every child. If your child is not showing any signs of teething between six to eight months, it is not necessarily a problem. Give them some time and the tiny pearls will be there.
So, to look at the different signs that a baby is teething could be internal or external, you can look out for the external signs to guess that your baby is teething.
Growth in their Immune system
A child is born with certain immunity from their mother’s womb but their immune system is not fully developed until they are at least six months old. This is the same time when they could also possibly start teething. Both these have a similar effect on the child and show mixed results. This is the first thing you should keep in mind regarding the process of a baby’s teething.
Chewing on things
This is a very common thing that kids who are teething do. Parents have reported that they have observed their kid take random things or often their own hands into their mouths and chew on them, around this time when they are teething. This is because of the discomfort when teeth are making their way out of the gums.
While the kids may not want to behave that way the teeth and gums make them a tad bit cranky. The discomfort and irritation that they feel in their gums are often reciprocated by them in their behavior. They may not sit still for long or refuse to eat and even cry a lot. These are signs that the baby is teething.
This is due to the mixed reasons for the developing immune system and the teething process.
Since the baby is losing their mother’s immunity elixirs and developing a system of their own, they are prone to bacteria and viruses that may result in a fever.
Teething too can cause a temperature to your child as their body is creating a part for them that takes up most of their energy, exposing them to other diseases that they are not ready to fight against.
Though Diarrhea could happen for some reasons other than teething and you should see a pediatrician for them and take proper medication as soon as you can.
However, during the process of teething, the child’s salivary glands produce extra saliva that could result in loose motions in your kid.
This is another symptom that occurs due to excessive saliva produced during the time of teething. Since your kid’s mouth makes saliva in excess, they often tend to drool. Now drooling is not something to worry about but if you don’t pay attention to it, it can become something to worry about.
Tips for your baby’s teething process
- Teething rings
These are specially made for when your baby is teething. You can buy these from your local shops or order online but make sure you wash them in warm water to make sure they are free from any kind of germs. These should be firm and you can also put them in the fridge to help the itching.
- Using something cold
You can use a cool cloth or even a cool Teething ring for your child as this helps a lot with any kind of pain and discomfort your child is facing.
You can always consult a doctor to provide the necessary medication for the symptoms. However, this should be your last option as medication may often have other side effects.
It is not wrong to say that cuddles can solve most of our problems. This is especially true in the case of babies. They love to cuddle their mothers and during such an uncomfortable phase, some cuddles from their mommy dear can make them feel really good.
This is also very effective when the baby is teething as it slightly and gently massages the affected gums and also eases the itchiness that they experience.
Look out for these
When your baby is teething, they tend to feel itchy and uneasy so they chew random objects or their own fingers for that matter. They obviously do this without thinking but these random objects could be dangerous for them as they could hurt themselves. As parents, you should make sure to keep all the stuff that could be a harm to them, out of their reach.
Things you should take care of or things to keep out of their reach-
- Jewelry -Necklaces, rings, earrings, or anything that small.
- Cosmetics – Face creams, Powders, etc.
- Makeup- Makeup tools, brushes, or anything like that.
- Clean their hands regularly as they put them in their mouths very often.
- Stationery- Paperclips, thumb pins, pens, pencils are very dangerous.
And those baby photos showing your Lil ones’ first few teeth are totally adorable, so don’t forget to click pictures!