At one point or another, every healthy baby will cut its first teeth. And, while cutting teeth can be exciting for the parents, it's often not enjoyable for the child.
Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to ease a child's teething pain. The key, though, is to be aware of the early signs that a baby is teething. That way, you can be proactive with the teething rings and soothing gels before the crying gets to be too much.
Babies tend to drool. It's just part of being a baby. However, if you happen to notice that your baby is drooling more than usual, this could be an indicator of teething.
New teeth that are coming in can be uncomfortable and can often cause the baby to hold its mouth in a different way to accommodate. This can equal a lot more drooling than normal.
Thus, if you notice excessive drooling, consider the possibility that your little one might be teething.
Biting Everything in Sight
When babies are teething, they do not understand what is going on. They just know they want to alleviate what they are feeling, and they will act accordingly.
Teething babies, in an effort to relieve their discomfort and out of natural instinct, will often start biting everything in sight. If your baby is biting on toys, clothes, and anything else he can, this is a pretty good indicator that the baby has started the teething process.
Developing a Facial Rash
It has already been mentioned that teething babies drool a lot. If you don't happen to notice the drooling, however, you may be alerted to this fact by a rash spreading across the baby's face and chin. This rash is typically red, irritated, and may be slightly raised.
This type of rash can indicate excessive drooling. As the drool dries, it irritates the baby's skin and can also clue you in to the fact that your little one is teething.
If you notice any of these signs in your baby, it may be an indicator that it's teething time. Take a good look inside your little one's mouth, or if you're really concerned, get to a dentist who focuses in pediatric dentistry for that first appointment.
No matter how you react, if teething is starting, then it's your job to do everything in your power to make it an easier, less painful process for your little one.