symptom checklists below
recognize the signs of teething early on. The signs are usually easy to spot
but also easily confused with
symptoms are mild and typically concur with other common baby
Good to know is that babies are usually easily consoled when having teething pain. This is different from other possible sleep disturbers such as for example pain from an ear infection.
And not all babies show all symptoms. Some show none at all and will
simply surprise you with that shiny first tooth one day.
1. In and near
baby's mouth - most typical of teething
Flushed red cheeks
Skin rash or chapped skin around the mouth
Urge to put fingers in her mouth
Urge to bite or chew on everything around
Sore red gums
Whitish gum spots
You can feel a tooth (gently touch with a
A blueish color on an area of the gums (due to a molar erupting near a vein which causes discoloration)
Slightly raised temperature (but no fever)
Touching or pulling the ears (there is a nerve running from the ear to the chin leading many babies to feel teething pain in their ears. This
is also typical for an ear infection so it's best to double-check this with your doctor to make sure it's
in and near baby's mouth
ones are clearly the most typical signs of
. The other symptoms can also occur when your baby has
a cold, a viral infection, suffers from fungal infection, etc. But if they happen in combination with some discomfort around the mouth they can point to teething.
Now that you know when and what to look for, you're well prepared to
face this important milestone in your baby's development using
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