Signs of Teething...
Symptoms can last for just a few days, right around the time a new tooth is emerging, or for as long as several months if a lot of teeth come through all at once. For a few lucky babies (and parents), teething doesn’t cause any noticeable signs at all. What’s tricky is that there’s no single set of teething symptoms.
One-third of the kids might drool, another third might be irritable, and another third might have trouble sleeping.”
Here’s a list of teething symptoms:
- A tooth visible below the gum
- Swollen, bulging gums
- Trying to bite, chew, and suck on everything she can get her hands on
- Rubbing her face
- Difficulty sleeping
- Turning away food
- Grabbing her ears
If you notice several of these symptoms together, it’s more likely that teething is to blame, but there’s always the chance that it’s something else.
Tooth buds appearing!
What’s not from teething
If your baby has diarrhea, a fever, or a runny nose, don’t dismiss it as a sign of teething, especially if the symptoms last longer than 24 hours.
Even though plenty of parents swear these symptoms seem directly related to their child’s teething, there’s no scientific proof that they are linked. Experts including the American Academy of Pediatrics say fever and diarrhea are not normal teething symptoms. One of many possible explanations for these symptoms is that teething babies frequently put things in their mouth to soothe their gums, so they’re coming into contact with more viruses and other germs.
If your child has a rectal temperature of 101 degrees F( 38.3 degrees Celcius) or higher (100.4 degrees F or higher for babies younger than 3 months) and also has other symptoms, such as lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, or diarrhea, call her doctor to rule out anything more serious.
When to worry about a late teether
The first pearly white typically peeks through when a baby is between 4 and 7 months old, but it’s also perfectly normal for it to show up quite a bit later. If your child’s teeth are slow to appear but her bone growth, skin, and hair are normal, there’s likely nothing wrong. But if your baby reaches 18 months with no tooth in sight, mention it to her doctor – she may refer you to a pediatric dentist.
Late teething doesn’t signal a problem with a child’s overall development. And there’s actually a potential upside to being a late bloomer: The later these teeth come in, the less time they have to develop decay before they fall out and make way for a child’s permanent teeth.