Your baby may start teething anytime between the
sixth and twelfth month of her growth and development. Let us have a look at
the common signs and symptoms of teething in children.
Diarrhoea and biting are the most common signs of
teething in babies. However, there are few more signs which can be observed in
babies when they start teething. Read on and find the complete list of signs
and symptoms of teething in children.
of Teething Signs
Here is a complete list of signs and symptoms of
teething in babies.
Teething stimulates drooling. Any time
between ten weeks to three or four months of age, babies' mouths can leak like
Chin or Face
Children who drool profusely sometimes develop a rash
around the chin and mouth area because of irritation from constant salivating.
You can help by wiping the drool with a towel from time to time. The excess
saliva can cause your baby to gag or cough
The baby will have a tendency to nip or bite
down on anything from her own hand to your breast. This helps her to relieve
the pressure on her gums.
The tender gum tissue is inflamed as a result of the
teeth trying to push through to the surface. The first teeth and the molars are
usually the most painful. This pain makes the baby irritable.
Some babies exhibit irritability for weeks, rather than for a
few hours or days.
Refusal to Feed
A teething baby's behaviour can be
quite contrary when she is feeding. If she is nursing, she will crave the
comfort of suckling at your breast, but once she begins to such she may reject
the breast or bottle, as suction causes her discomfort. A baby who has started
eating solids will lose interest in them. However, you need not worry
as your baby is getting most of her nutrition from nursing or
formula. Her interest in food will resume once the tooth has
The theory that there is a definite link between
loose bowel movements and teething is under
dispute. Your baby may or may not have diarrhoea
while teething. However, you should consult your doctor if she has
diarrhoea that lasts for more than two bowel movements whenever it
Sometimes babies run a low fever
while teething as a result of inflammation of the
The discomfort of teething tends to
disturb the baby's sleep patterns. Sometimes even babies who
have been sleeping through the night start waking up. To prevent this from
becoming a habit, do not rush to comfort her. Wait and see if she will fall
asleep on her own.
Sometimes teething may cause the
gums to bleed. Bluish lumps in the mouth may be a sign of bleeding
gums. Cold compresses may alleviate discomfort, but
haematomas usually resolve
Pulling and Cheek
Rubbing Babies often do this because the pain form
their gums travel up to their cheeks and ears. Remember
that babies also tug at their ear when they have an ear
infection. So do not forget to rule out that possibility by
consulting your doctor.