Teething can occur when your child is 10 weeks old up to four months old, which means you never really know when it can begin. So, to help you identify the signs of a teething baby, our Maddox Family Dental Center team has provided the following list for you:
-Drooling: Drooling is one of the most common symptoms of teething. Your baby will drool so much that their shirt will become sopping wet. To keep their clothes dry, fasten a bib around their neck and gently wipe the drool away throughout the day.
-Biting: The pressure from the erupting teeth will provide discomfort to your child, but the pain can subside with biting, which is also known as counter pressure. So as a result, your child will bite on anything they can get their hands on.
-Crying: It’s common for your child to whimper or cry while they are teething. This is because the process is uncomfortable for them. However, the first teeth are always the most painful, so the fussiness should subside once they get used to the feeling of erupting teeth.
-Refusal to feed: The suction and pressure related to eating can make the pain worse, whether your child is eating breastmilk or solid foods. This will make your child refuse to eat. When this happens, keep encouraging feeding time. It should get better within a few days.
-Interrupted sleep: The teething soreness and irritations don’t just occur during the day—they occur at night as well. This might wake your child up in the middle of the night. When this happens, see if they can settle themselves back to sleep. If they can’t, you can soothe them by rubbing or patting their back or by singing a lullaby.
These are all signs of a teething child. If you have any questions about teething in Hartford City, Indiana, or if you would like to know the best ways to soothe your child while their teeth are erupting, please call our office today at 765-348-4111. Your dentist, Dr. Raymond Maddox, and our dental team are more than happy to give you the information you need. We look forward to hearing from you!