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How to Spot the Signs of Teething
23 Mar 2017 Posted by: Stuart Willis
Babies usually begin to develop teeth at around 6 months old, so teething begins in the period before this.
However, every baby has different teething experiences. Some have no symptoms, while others can experience teething pain for months.
Here we have some some signs that your baby has started teething, so you know what to look out for.
All babies drool, but when a baby is teething they will often end up with a wet chin. If you see more drool than usual, then this is a sign your baby has started teething.
Extra drool on your babies chin can be sore, so dab it with a tissue as often as you see it.
2. Disturbed sleep
Teething can be painful, so it can keep your baby awake at night, causing restlessness. If you're suddenly finding bedtime is more unsettled than usual, it could be due to teething.
Stick to the usual bedtime routine and give comfort when your baby is unsettled.
3. Chewing fingers and objects
Babies do this to relieve the pain of teething, so if you notice this frequently, it may be a sign. Keep your little one's fingers clean so they don't catch any nasty germs.
4. Refusal to eat
Due to the suction of nursing, an infants gum may start to hurt. They can, therefore, be fussy about feedings due to discomfort.
These are only some of the many signs and symptoms that your baby is teething. If you recognise any of these, then try these tips to help alleviate your babies teething pain.
1. Babies love to chew on just about anything, and when teething, the gumming action helps provide counter-pressure which relieves the discomfort of new teeth. Try rattles and teething rings.
2. Cold foods and drinks help offer relief to achy gums. Frozen fruits such as bananas and plums are great in a mesh bag to avoid choking!
3. Extra cuddles and comfort along with a drop of patience are what a baby who is teething craves!
Remember that once the teething is over, your baby will have their first tooth, creating a magical moment in their development!
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