Usually, babies start teething from the age of 4 months to 7 months. Around this time, teething signs are very common. Teething makes the babies uncomfortable. These teeth grow and appear through the gums resulting to gum swelling which causes pain and discomfort. In some, there is a delay in teething to the age of 12 to 14 months, and this is considered normal as long as he/she is healthy. Here we have gathered 5 common signs which indicate that your little one is teething. Have a look:
1. More biting
The children of 4 to 7-month age gradually start biting things. They will start biting on their toys or finger or sometimes on the breast while feeding. It is a very common sign of teething. This happens because the children feel the need to relieve the pressure on their gums by biting. Another sign would be sucking more often. They feel pressure on the gums while teeth are coming out, so they release it by sucking or biting.
2. Loss of appetite
Growing teeth for infant babies is kind of a big deal. They lose their appetite because of swelling and soreness in the mouth. Even if they try to drink milk, their mouth hurts so much that they can’t stop crying. They also pull their ears because pulling ears is their signal of exhaustion.
3. Stomach upset
When babies are teething, it is common that they get dehydrated easily because of excessive drooling which leads to constipation. In that age, children are learning to control their saliva, but they find it difficult to control when they are growing teeth. Some babies develop diarrhea and fever while they are teething. Due diarrhea, they often develop diaper rash. If your baby seems more uncomfortable and releasing stools with blood, contact your doctor.
4. Teething fever
Many children develop teething fever while they are growing teeth. It is not serious because it is usually below 40⁰C but if your baby develops persistently high temperature then it may be caused by some other infection. Contact your doctor for further diagnosis. With mild fever, children become irritable and cranky.
5. Disturbed sleep
Babies experience disturbed sleep while growing teeth. They wake up several times and their duration of nap gets shorter than usual. Try to calm them as much as possible so that they could sleep better despite the discomfort.