5 Clear Signs Your Baby Is Teething
When your baby gets to the approximate age of teething, you’ll need to start looking for the signs that the teething process is about to begin. After all, you’ll need to be prepared for the discomfort that your child will experience along with their first tooth – that will continue on the regular until all their baby teeth have come through.
In addition to staying prepared, it’s also wise to ensure you know the signs of teething so that you can differentiate the symptoms from any other illness or condition. Read on to learn about five clear signs your baby is teething.
- Your baby’s gums may become swollen, red and irritated.
As the teething process begins, your baby’s gums can become red and swollen, leading to irritation. If you notice the gums are lighter or darker in color – or even showing signs of blistering, this can often be a sign of teething.
- You may notice your baby chewing, biting or sucking on nearby objects, or rubbing on their gums.
Your baby may begin to rub their own gums to try and reduce the discomfort. Sucking, on the other hand, will actually cause even more pain – of course, they are too young to understand that possibility, they’re just trying to find a solution.
Another tendency common in babies is chewing on nearby items to soothe their gums, and that’s exactly where teether toys come into play!
- In fact, they may even bite you!
Relax – your baby isn’t trying to hurt you, but you may find they nip at your fingers, breasts or any other close by part of you, in an attempt to relieve the pressure they’re feeling under their gums. Although this may be painful, try to remember it’s unintentional and take it as a sign your baby is in need of some soothing remedies.
- Your baby may be drooling or dribbling more than usual.
If you’ve noticed your baby drooling or dribbling more than usual, it’s likely to do with teething. As your baby reaches the teething stage, they will begin to produce more saliva than they can realistically swallow, leading to drooling. A bib can help to keep them clean, dry and comfortable, as well as regularly wiping their chin to prevent irritation.
- Crying and irritability will likely become more frequent.
Do you find yourself getting more irritable when you’re sick or in pain? That’s an entirely normal reaction – and your baby is the same! Remember, crying and whining is simply your baby expressing the fact they are in pain, so it’s important to remain understanding and do your best to help alleviate their discomfort.
If your baby is showing any of these signs, it could be a clear indication that the teething process is beginning. Stay a while and explore our blog for more information on getting through teething, as well as our unique, safe and fun Tutti Frutti teether toys which can help to make the journey a little easier for both you and your baby.