All parents dread when a baby starts to teeth. No parent likes to see his or her baby in pain, but know that you are not alone. All babies are different. Some might get teeth super early (3-4 months) and others might not get them until after six months. However, it is best to prepare yourself as early as you can.
With Dr. Google, it's easy to get carried away researching home remedies. That can be ok, but always remember it is best to consult your pediatrician if you decide to try something new. There are a few simple things that can help with a teething baby such as an amber necklace, cold/frozen teething ring, wooden ring, or anything they can chew on. Your baby will want to put everything in their mouth regardless so provide them with something that is safe to chew on.
Case in point, the amber necklace. In theory when baby wears it, his body heat triggers the release of a minute amount of oil that contains succinic acid, a naturally-occurring substance in the body. When the oil is absorbed, advocates say, it has an analgesic effect on swollen, sore gums. Consult your pediatrician first.
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What works for you might not work best for the person next to you and it is all about trial and error. Here are some signs of teething to look out for starting from around three to six months:
Teething stimulates drooling, there is just no way around it. You will find that baby's shirt might be soaked; this is from teething. Some parents say this teething drool even smells funny. No worries mama you can put one of our bibs on baby throughout the day to catch some of that drool.
Fussier than normal
Teething hurts and is going to cause your baby to cry and be fussy. The best thing you can do is to just comfort baby. Be extremely patient because teething goes on and off for several months.
This is one of the most common sign of a teething baby. Parents start to get worried when baby has a runny nose since it could be a cold, but this is nothing to worry about! There isn’t much you can do either just help clean out the nose with a syringe.
Chew or bite on everything
You will find that baby wants everything. Everything that he or she can get their hands on. Make sure whatever is around them is always clean and be prepared for them to put it in their mouth. As they start to become more and more active make sure that there is nothing around them that they can choke on.
Teething is not comforting and your baby is not going to be happy. There will be some good days and bad days. If your baby has terror dreams or screams that wakes him up, blame it on the teething. It is very common for this to happen. Just hold him a little tighter and rock him back to bed.
Grabbing on ears
Gums, ears, and cheeks share the same pathway, so it is going to affect each of these areas! It is hard to tell if this can be related to teething or if it is an ear infection. If you are unsure, ask you pediatrician.
This can happen, but is not always a definite. If the baby has a fever over 100 make sure to consult with your doctor to make sure that they aren’t actually fighting something else off.
If you are a worried mama and think something isn't right always go to the doctor or give her a call, there is nothing wrong with taking the baby to the doctor just to make sure. Stay off the Internet as well. It can be easy to get scared with Dr. Google by reading about symptoms and diseases that may be completely irrelevant. A second opinion sometimes is great. If any problem is consistent or lasts longer than a few days make sure to take them into the doctors.