Teething Or Sickness: How To Tell The Difference
When your baby is around the age of teething, it can be difficult for parents to know whether their baby’s cries and appearance of discomfort are a sign of teething or that they’re getting sick.
Here’s how to tell whether it’s likely a sign of new teeth about to break through, or whether it’s likely to be something different entirely.
Take a look at your baby’s mucus and discharge.
If your baby is spewing up mucus, you’ll need to learn the difference between teething mucus and the kind that occurs during sickness.
Teething mucus is clear in color – like saliva – and only runs from the mouth, not the nose. Mucus from sickness, for example, a cold, runs from the nose and mouth, is thicker, and is yellow in color.
Other discharge from the nose or eyes may be a sign of allergies or an infection.
What’s your baby’s temperature?
Taking your baby’s temperature is essential. While the pain and stress of teething may result in a heightened temperature, it is unlikely to result in a fever above 101 degrees farenheit.
If your baby’s temperature is above this, it may be that they’re coming down with something else.
Check on your baby’s gums as well as their teeth.
Teething can cause sensitive and painful gums, but that’s not the only reason they’d be experiencing it. On occasion, a tooth eruption can burst a blood vessel on its way through, creating a pea sized blue mass on the gum itself.
The mass itself and perhaps some blood is normal; however, if you see a lot of blood or the bleeding won’t stop (even with pressure applied), it’s time to call in a paediatrician.
Have you noticed your baby pulling their ears?
If your baby is pulling at their ears, your first thought may be that they’re suffering an affliction of that area – for example an ear infection.
But in actuality, babies pulling on their ears is usually a sign of teething. As the pain of teething radiates around the face and ear area, the baby’s pulling can relieve some of the pressure.
If your baby really does have an ear infection, you’ll likely find that they experience the most discomfort while lying down and may show symptoms similar to those of a cold.
Teething symptoms are not progressive.
With teething, your baby will experience symptoms that tend to stay the same throughout the teething process. However, with a cold or flu virus for example, you’ll find the symptoms start mild and progress over a few days. If you can tell your baby is getting worse – or if they’re experiencing new symptoms each day such as vomiting, it’s probably unrelated to teething.
If you’re unsure, check with your doctor or paediatrician.
If you’re uncertain, it’s always best to seek professional medical advice. They’ll be able to diagnose the problem the most accurately and advice you on the best course of action to help your baby feel better.
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