Teething can be a very difficult time for your baby and all members of your household. Its hard to understand why your child is uncomfortable. So let’s take a look at some of the teething symptoms.
In this article, I will go over some basic ways to recognize when teething has started.
It is important to understand that many of the symptoms that the baby may have that will be mentioned in this article could also be symptoms of something more serious. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, you should still contact the child’s pediatrician and/or a pediatric dentist to ensure that it is simply teething symptoms and nothing more.
One of the first symptoms that you may see in a baby who is beginning the teething process is a fever. The fever may be quite low, but it will be there. If the fever gets too high – 101.9 degrees or higher – you should contact the pediatrician and/or pediatric dentist.
During the teething process, it is common for a fever to continue for two or more days; however, if it remains too high for too long, this could prove to be detrimental to the health of your baby.
Assistance should be sought from a medical or dental professional. These experts will be able to provide advice on how to productively lower the baby’s body temperature.
The next sign that your baby is beginning the teething process is that you notice an increase in drooling and diarrhea. Babies may start drooling when they start to teeth and because of the excess drool, they may have a higher amount of diarrhea.
If you find that your baby is experiencing a lot of diarrhea, you should talk to the pediatrician because they could lose many fluids this way and it could cause them to dehydrate very quickly.
There are several methods that may be used to prevent dehydration from occurring. If it does occur, there are treatment strategies that may quickly and easily rehydrate the baby’s body.
Babies may also exhibit signs of irritability. Many parents may tell you that this is the one sign that they recognize when a child begins the teething process.
The reason for the irritability is that as the tooth pushes through the skin, it makes the area more sensitive and the baby feels pain.
They have no other way to communicate their pain other than being fussy and crying a lot. In addition to the irritability, the baby may experience issues with sleeping as well. This, too, is a direct result of the sensitivity and discomfort that is being experienced.
A baby may also seem to be experiencing symptoms of a cold. This is because of the increased saliva and the pain that the baby may be experiencing. It can cause the sinuses to activate and the baby to cough more.
Many serious conditions can cause these types of symptoms, so you should always take the baby to their pediatrician if they show these kinds of symptoms.
Along with pursuing pediatric medical treatment, you should consult with a pediatric dentist to determine if teething is the culprit for the symptoms that your baby is experiencing.
If so, there are several treatments available that may make the teething process much easier on the baby AND you!