Teething Symptoms: 7 Signs Your Baby is Teething

Do you know that babies tooth buds develop before they’re born? As these buds “cut” through the gums, teeth usually appear in the following order:

  • 6 to 12 months: the central incisors (the teeth right in the middle of the jaw on the top and bottom)
  • 9 to 12 months: the lateral incisors (the teeth next to the central incisors)
  • 16 to 22 months: canine (cuspids)
  • 13 to 19 months: the first molars
  • 25 to 33 months: the second molars

Most children have all of their primary teeth by age three.

The process of getting these teeth can be effortless or excruciating depending on your baby. Even with minor cases, most babies show some teething symptoms.

The tricky thing about teething is that symptoms can start 2 to 3 months before a tooth surfaces! This can be brutal for baby and family if there’s a lot of discomfort.

Teething symptoms: how do you know if your baby is teething?

Watch this video to find out.

The key is to look for these seven teething symptoms

  1. Biting more than usual
    This teething symptom wii turn your baby into a vampire! Bite, bite, bite on anything from plastic spoons, to toys to your breast! I find that Griffin likes hard plastic things to chew on the best. Of course, there’s a plethora of teething toys on the market which may also help.
  2. Excessive drool
    When babies are still newborns, they drool a ton since they’re still learning how to swallow their saliva. Fast forward to teething, the drooling starts again (or never stops in some cases) because the body creates extra saliva to lubricate the tender and bulging gums.
  3. Fussier than usual, especially at night
    These teething symptoms make babies who once slept through the night start to wake up several times for comfort. In the quiet hours of night, a baby often feels the teething pain more because there are fewer distractions.
  4. Disturbances in sleep patterns
    Because of the teething discomfort, babies will usually nap less and wake up earlier in the morning. Fun times for all involved with these teething symptoms!
  5. Fever, rashes, cough, and diarrhea
    Although some doctors disagree, many mamas detect a slight fever (under 100 degrees) in their babies when teeth are imminent. Additionally, the extra drool can cause facial rashes, chafing, and coughing since it pools at back of throat. Some babies even develop diaper rash and diarrhea.
  6. Decreased appetite
    When babies are in pain, they generally don’t want to eat, especially since it triggers their sore spots. Keep trying to feed them as much as possible despite the resistance. Call your doctor if their caloric input decreases dramatically.
  7. Pulling of ears and rubbing of chin and cheeks
    Babies can be quite resourceful and administer self massage. By pulling and rubbing around their jaw, they create counter pressure that eases some of the pain and throbbing.

So if your little baby is acting different lately because of teething symptoms, take heart there’s good reason… and soon enough, her little pearly whites will surface.

In the meantime, we don’t have to be victims! There are some great things we can do to comfort baby in the midst of the teething process. Stay tuned for our next post, when we’ll explore some effective teething remedies.

What teething symptoms did your baby have??

References

  • http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-teething.htm
  • http://www.babycenter.com/0_teething_11243.bc
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  1. My little man is 1yr 2months and he is very uncomfortable past two days and last night he slept very late for 2 hr and was up cried so much was even calling “Mamaaa, mama” and I figured his feeling pain from teething but the Calpol helps him a lot and am glad you proved me right of judgement because his mother gets so worried.

  2. My son is 2 1/2 months old and is drooling a lot more than usual and is more fussy than normal. His gums look like they might be teething but I don’t know much about it. His dad was born with a tooth. Is it genetic? Could he be teething already?

  3. My daughter is 5 months. She’s not acting herself at all. Fever and hasn’t really eaten all day I’m so concerned I know she’s teething but this is horrible

  4. sorry forgot to mention she is 19months

  5. my daughter is teething but lately she has become quiet.no fever..no loss of appetite..she is normally very actove n playful but has become a bit fussy quickly when she doesnt get her way and quiet during the day..can this mean anything other than teething?

    • Run it by your pediatrician but it sound normal to me 🙂

  6. My baby is 3 months and 5 days and when she started being fussy and like something was bothering her but at the same time acted like she was hungry 247 thats when i seen a lil white tooth looking behind her bottom gum

  7. My Nunu is 17 months hes having rash on his face and body also no appetite and having dirrhoea. Please help.

    • Hi shoni I think ur baby is teething no need to worry it will soon pass just sing and comfort her

  8. My baby is 7months plus and his lower incisor is out with a teeth, but he does not drool often and he eats well

  9. i have been so worried with my son. It’s my first time anyway, it’s been 3 weeks since he has been very uneasy. He cried a lot at night and had been drooling so much. He tried to bit anything he touched (including my hands though). What do you think about this?

  10. My 6 month old just started the sleeplessness tonight. I laid her in her crib at 7:30 like usual and she normally puts herself to sleep she started crying at 745 and fell asleep around 815. It’s now 9 pm and she just woke up again. She puts everything into her mouth and can soak an entire outfit in minutes. I feel a small rough spot on her bottom gum I’m assuming she’s teething. How long does the sleeplessness usually last?

  11. Our 14 month old is currently cutting eye teeth and molars (yes, upper and lower). One day she grabbed a cold (organic!) carrot fresh out of the fridge from the bowl that I was carrying and happily gnawed on it. Of course we supervise, but she has been doing well with the cold carrot “teether.” Sorry that I’m commenting so long after the original post – just found the site (love it!!).

  12. My baby is 3&half months old & his bottom both side tooth r coming up first is it normal?

    • My son is nearly 4 months and doing the same !!! Arggg both too

    • Abnormal. Take him to swaniji

    • My grandson had his first two bottom teeth at three months. The top two followed by 5 months. He is 8 1/2 months now and has 8 teeth, 4 top, 4 bottom! We think he is cutting his first molar now also! His doctor said it’s early, but not unusual! 🤔

  13. Thank you for the information. My daughter is almost 4 and a half months and has been acting completely different in the last week. She has been waking up during the night screaming and cannot be comforted for a long time. She won’t stop crying at night unless I rub her gums with a soother. She is chewing on everything that she can get her hands on (especially trying to eat mommy’s food). She is drooling more than usual, but not enough to soak through more than one bib a day. She is eating fairly normal still. The only thing that has me slightly worried is that her canines are coming in first. I can already see them through the gums. Has this happened to anyone else?

    • My daughter is 4 and half months and you just described her symptoms don’t to the T. I have two other children put it seems as though her teething experience is definitely different from theirs. If you find any solutions please let know because it just seems as though there is nothing that comfortshe her.

  14. This calms me down slightly. My son (5 months) has been crying non-stop for going on 3 days. He isn’t waking up at night, but his naps are a lot shorter and as soon as he wakes up, he’s screaming his little lungs off. I’ve been feeling his gums and haven’t noticed anything out of the ordinary and his appetite hasnt changed either. He might be teething, but I’m still going to call his doctor in the morning.

    • I was like that. My mom actually asked the pediatrician if there was a correlation between late teething and low IQ (he assured her that there wasn’t of course).

    • My children didn’t show any teeth until 1 so it’s fine. I have heard that the later they come in the stronger they will be but that is just hearsay. My children haven’t had any cavities yet tho and they aren’t the best brushers.

  15. My baby is 4 1/2 months he bites his fist and whatever he can put to his mouth. I’m a first time mom so I don’t know if he’s teething or he discovered a new thing.

  16. My son is 7 months old. He is starting to gnawl on everything, drooling, waking up through the night(wanting to eat), having trouble trying to get him to bed, taking less and shorter naps, and his bottom gum feels rough. Is he teething?

  17. My baby is 2 months and 10 days when we went in for her 2 month check up doctor said she might be teething I didn’t believe her turns out she was right:( my baby has all symptoms I hate to see her hurting. My other daughter didn’t get her first teeth until she was 4-5 months.

    • I have a few questions about your daughter and her teething signs. My daughter also is 2 months 3 days old and also has her 2 month check up today. I believe is showing signs of teething. Any information you could provide would be much appreciated as well ad very much needed! Thanks u! Britney

  18. Not to ruin the suspense for your next post, but we had no luck with those frozen teething remedies. Anbesol for moderate discomfort and then a dose of Ibuprofen added when all heck breaks loose.

    • Good to hear your experience. We’ve been holding down the fort with homeopathics but, alas, we’re just at the beginning of this teething journey.

  19. I’m not sure if it was the canines or the first molars, but those later rounds of teeth were much worse than the first teeth. Lot’s of crying, especially around meal time.

    • Ugg. Don’t tell me that! Our baby’s very first front teeth are agonizing (and sleep-disturbing) enough!

    • For my first two the canines were easy but the molars were by far the worst. It makes sense though, the molars are a lot bigger and a lot less pointy so it’s harder for them to get through.

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