It’s always a joy to witness your baby’s milestones even though some are attached with growing pains like the one babies experience when teething. Well, the good news is that you can make the teething process a more comfortable period for your child by first identifying the symptoms, then applying a suitable remedy.
Know The Signs
When babies are between 5-7 months, symptoms such as fever, runny nose and diarrhea usually speculated to be teething signs must first be evaluated by your child’s paediatrician to rule out an infection, malaria or common cold. With these out of the way, you can then focus on teething symptoms and remedies like:
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1. Red Puffy Gums
As your child’s first sparkling crystal white tooth is about to sprout, you may notice swollen and bruised red looking gum bulging with the emerging tooth, beneath the skin. Your baby will most likely be in pains.
During the early stages of teething, babies gnaw and chew on anything they can get their hands on with reckless abandon; from their fingers, yours and their toys to cramming their fist into their mouth, drooling, and biting.
3. Excessive Drooling
Even though babies drool quite a bit when teething, it is important to note that drooling on its own is a normal developmental sign which could be mistaken for teething. Nevertheless, it might be teething if other teething signs discussed here are present.
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4. Disturbed Sleep
Fussiness at night usually occurs as each tooth erupts, leading to disruption in your child’s sleep. This process tends to occur more at night than during the day which is why most babies are more irritable at night.
5. Ear Tugging Or Pulling
This can also be caused by ear infection. Teething related ear tugging occurs when pains from the jaw is transferred to the ear canal, making the baby extremely uncomfortable.
6. Feeding Habits
While teething, there is usually a change in your baby’s feeding habit. Some babies tend to want more of breast milk than solids such as cereals, fruits or other solids they previously enjoyed. This is because the spoon could be irritating their inflamed gums. Others might tend to eat very little because they are uncomfortable with both sucking the breast and chewing semi-solid foods. A few other children however tend to eat more, doing this probably helps reduce the pain and pressure on their gum; I have seen this happened in one or two children over the years.
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Overall, be calm as you try to help your little cutie through this major milestone.
Tags: Teething signs in babies, Teething Symptoms & Remedies
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Thanks for sharing.
This came right on time.Thanks admin
Noted, tanks for sharing
Great info. Thanks.
This is so timely.
Thanks for sharing
Big thanks to admin for this vital info. My baby just got to 5 months & am looking forward to paying extra attention in these teething months.
Thanks for this
Thank you MIM
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