how to tell if your baby is teething

How to Tell if Your Baby is Teething and What to do About it

"But my baby is only (fill in the blank) months old! How can he already be teething?" This is the most common statement I get from parents. Even I was surprised when my 3 month old starting drooling and trying to eat his hand. Here are the most common questions I get about teething.

How old are babies when they start to teethe?

Babies typically start teething around 4 to 8 months and continue until their last tooth is cut around 30 to 36 months. First teeth usually come in around 6 months old.

What are the symptoms of teething?

  • Excessive drooling
  • Skin Rashes
  • Irritability
  • Swollen or inflamed gums
  • Low grade fever
  • Biting or rubbing gums
  • Diarrhea (this could also be associated with an infection, therefore you should contact your doctor)
  • Loss of appetite

Which teethe come in first?

The first teeth to emerge are the bottom two incisors, followed by the top two, working outwards from there. 

How can I ease the discomfort of teething?

  • Teethers - giving your baby something soft and safe to gum on, is a quick way to help them. Some babies enjoy gumming on a harder material, which is why we also offer an antibacterial, anti-splintering hardwood. I would avoid giving your baby plastic to teethe on. 
  • A cool damp facecloth - my son loved chewing on a facecloth. I think it was the cool and soft texture that appealed to him. It also helps absorb some of that drool!
  • Numbing gel - my youngest really had a hard time with teething and we would often rub some numbing gel on his gums to ease the pain
  • Cold teethers - babies seem to like coldness on their gums, so putting a teether in the freezer and then letting them gum on it helps. I would also put an ice cube in one of those mesh rings and let him suck on that as well.
  • Tylenol - if your baby is really having a hard time, you can also give them Tylenol (as per your doctors instructions) to relieve their pain. 
  • A shot of whiskey - that one is for you mama! 

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