6 Signs Of Baby Teething

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Updated: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 13:58 [IST]
 
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6 Signs Of Baby Teething

Baby starts teething from around 6 months. However, you cannot predict the actual time when the baby will start getting small teeth. Mothers keep rolling their fingertip inside the baby's mouth to check if the teeth are coming out or not. Apart from checking in this method, there are many other signs that can help you understand that your baby will soon get teeth. Here are few signs of teething in a baby that can be helpful for the mother.

6 signs of baby teething:

Drooling or salivating: This is one of the most common signs of teething in a baby. When the baby is about to get teeth, he or she will drool a lot. Even if you feed or give water, the baby will keep drooling after having milk or water. Gently wipe the chin and lips throughout the day with soft tissues or a cotton napkin. Do not forcefully clean the face or else the sensitive skin of the baby will start burning. Change the shirt or t-shirt if it becomes wet. Wet clothes can lead to cold or cough in babies.

Crying out of pain: When the baby is about to get teeth, he or she will suffer from mouth pain. Not all the babies suffer from pain in the gum but if your baby is suffering from pain and crying a lot, you can be sure that it is a sign of teething. Consult your doctor and provide some pain relief medicines.

Biting: If your baby suddenly started sucking his or her fingers or chewing hard toys all the time, then it is a sign of teething. The gums become itchy or painful. Either ways, chewing on things provide them relief. Most of the breastfeeding mothers have complained that their babies start biting the nipples while they feed their young ones. It is also a sign of teething in babies.

Refuse feed: There are babies who suffer from severe pain in the gums. This pain makes them irritated and uncomfortable so they refuse to feed on milk or cereals. This is why, when you try to feed, the baby turns off his or her face away from the food. It is one of the common signs mothers experience before the baby starts getting teeth.

Diarrhoea: Many babies suffer from diarrhoea during this crucial time. Before teething, a majority of babies pass watery stool at short intervals. Although it is a sign of baby teething, stomach problems can also be the cause behind it. So, consult your doctor before coming to a conclusion.

Lack of sleep: This is due to the irritation that happens inside the mouth when a tooth comes out. Pain and the feeling of a hard substance inside the mouth can easily make a baby uncomfortable. Because of pain, your baby can lack sleep. Rolling in the bed or crying in the middle of the night are few signs he or she shows to the mother before getting teeth.

These are few signs of baby teething. To make this stage joyful and painless for the baby, consult a doctor. At home, you can provide counter-pressure by giving some toys with hard surfaces that are especially meant for babies who are teething. These toys provide pressure on the gums and this is an instant relief for them.

Story first published:  Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 13:45 [IST]
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