Do you have an extra fussy baby? Have you thought that it could be teething? Well, we have put together some of the most common symptoms of a teething baby and what to look for.
First, let’s talk about the common timeline to teething. Note: this is just a guide.
- 6 months: lower central incisors
- 8 months: upper central incisors
- 10 months: lower and upper lateral incisors
- 14 months: first molars
- 18 months: canines
- 24 months: second molars
Symptoms to look for that could be signs your baby is teething:
- You can see a tooth poking through. Yep, pretty simple. If you see that tooth coming through the gums, your baby is teething and may have some discomfort.
- The need to chomp or gnaw on everything (including while breastfeeding). The feeling of pressure is most often relieved by adding pressure. Your baby is well aware of this and will want to chomp down on anything it can put in their mouth. They know something is going on in their mouth and will give it attention.
- More than the usual baby drool. If you see that your baby has an excessive amount of drool is another sign of teething. Don’t assume they are teething automatically with this one. Babies drool. Know what is normal for your baby vs. what is excessive.
- Nighttime Fussiness. Nighttime is prime time for teeth to make their way through your baby’s gums. If your baby is much more irritable at night it could be because there is a tooth or two coming in.
- Change in eating. If your baby wants the bottle more than a spoon (if they are on solids) it could be because the spoon is irritable to swollen gums. They way prefer the bottle or nipple. If they do want to bottle or breastfeed but begin to suckle and then pull away, this is another sign of teething. The pressure from sucking can be irritable to them.
- Inspect the gums. If they look swollen or look red or bruised it’s another sign. If you can feel along the gum line you can sometimes feel the tooth wanting to protrude out.
These are just a few easy to spot signs your baby could be teething. Do you see other signs in your baby? Look for our next blog on how to soothe your baby’s teething irritability.