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How Do You Know When Teething Begins?

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If this is your first child or even if you already have one or more children, it is often difficult to be certain that your baby's fussiness and irritability is, indeed, due to teething pain. We often ask our doctor about the symptoms of teething and what to look for.

In general, the most common symptoms are:

1)  Dribbling more than usual

2)  Not wanting to nurse or take their bottle - instead they play with the bottle nipple or refuse to suckle

3)  Red, swollen gums or a whitish patch on the gums

4)  Waking up during the night more often than normal and being unsettled during the day or night

5)  Pulling or tugging on their ears

Yes, the symptoms are vague and can often be related to other problems or mom will suspect it's something else unrelated to teething.

There is not much evidence to show that the presence of a fever or diarrhea are symptomatic of teething, but that can happen. If you are in doubt and your child is running a fever you should always consult with your doctor. Be sure to provide your little one with something to help - either a teether or cool cloth to help them as their first teeth are emerging. 

What is Teething?

A simple definition of “teething” is the emergence of teeth from the gums. This can be a difficult time for babies and parents as many infants become quite irritable and unsettled during the teething process.Most babies begin to teethe between the ages of 6-9 months. At this age they are quite capable of grasping objects and, of course, everything [...]

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