7 Signs Your Baby is Teething

Is your baby is teething, or are they fussy for some other reason? Well, if you see these 7 signs, they almost certainly are! Good luck!
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 signs.

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.

How do you know if your baby is teething?

Watch this video to find out.

The key is to look for these seven signs of teething

  1. Biting more than usual
    Your baby will become 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
    Babies who once slept through the night may now wake up several times for comfort. In the quiet hours of night, a baby often feels the teething pain more because there’re 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!
  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, 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.

When and how did you know YOUR baby was teething?

Sources:

  • 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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After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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17 Comments

  1. Victoria November 29 at 9:06 pm

    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?

  2. Lisa October 30 at 4:27 pm

    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!!).

  3. niteshni devi March 7 at 7:05 am

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

  4. Keshia April 25 at 11:19 am

    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?

  5. hope April 2 at 6:04 pm

    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.

  6. anthonys mom July 21 at 2:14 pm

    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.

  7. Kedrin May 3 at 10:19 pm

    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?

  8. Dee jones April 26 at 9:34 am

    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.

  9. DadNumberOne May 31 at 2:52 pm

    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.

    • Genevieve May 31 at 7:14 pm

      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.

  10. DadNumberOne May 31 at 2:50 pm

    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.

    • Genevieve May 31 at 7:10 pm

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

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