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Signs of Teething: What to Expect and Do When Your Baby Grows Teeth

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Each and every baby has different times of teething. However, teething generally begins from about the age of five to 11 months.

28/10/2016 - 14:05

Each and every baby has different times of teething. However, teething generally begins from about the age of five to 11 months. There are a few signs that you’ll notice when your baby is ready to be a happy little biter, chewing everything he or she sees.

In general, your baby’s bottom front teeth should be the first to pop out, then, the front top teeth will appear a month or two later. Until your child reaches the age of three, he or she should have about 20 baby teeth.


How do I know when my baby is teething?

First, you’ll notice swelling in the gums where the teeth are about to appear, much like a plant about to pop out from the soil. Some babies will feel uncomfortable in the teething process; they may cry more often, refuse to eat or drink, and generally feel irritatable. You’ll have to brace yourself for random bits of crying that lasts for about three to five days. Once the teeth appears, your baby should be used to it.


Heavy salivating

Teething can cause your child to salivate. This can happen to babies at the age of 10 weeks or three to four months. With the amount of saliva your little one has, you should watch out for infections or fevers.


Rashes on the face

A baby with rashes

If your child is teething, he or she is most likely going to produce lots of saliva. While it may seem cute to see your little one gurgle, it could lead to rashes when left on their chin or their body.

Have a hanky ready to wipe away all that extra saliva, so you’ll reduce the risk of your baby developing rashes.


See a healthcare professional if the rashes get bad

A healthcare professional checking up on a baby

If your baby’s rashes get bad, it’s time to get the professionals. The healthcare professionals, that is. You can get some advice, and maybe some cream for those rashes.


Coughing

A baby coughing

The never-ending flow of saliva can also bring about a fit of coughing for your baby. It’s normal. However, what you need to be concerned about is if your baby develops a fever or an allergy. That’s when you need to see a healthcare professional.


Constant chewing

A baby chewing on a toy

When a baby frequently bites and chews on their toys, or sometimes fingers, it’s to relieve stress on the gums. Imagine the teeth pushing out against gentle gums; it can be really uncomfortable. So they try to relieve it by biting on random objects. Just be sure they don’t chew on any harmful objects or try to eat small items like marbles.

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