Because of their inability to express their specific discomfort, it can be tricky to know when your baby is experiencing teething symptoms and when there might be another issue to blame. These common teething signs, especially when experienced together, likely indicate teething pain in children from three months to three years old.
1. Swollen, Puffy Gums
One of the most common teething symptoms is swollen, puffy gums, which are caused by the pressure from emerging teeth. Typically, this swelling will subside after the teeth erupt from the gums. However, if the pain and swelling are accompanied by other visible symptoms—such as cysts or blisters—an examination may be recommended to rule out infection.
2. Excessive Drooling & Rashes
While drooling is normal at this early stage of development, excessive drooling in addition to one or more of the other common teething symptoms might indicate teething in your child. Some babies will also develop rashes on their face or neck. While these rashes are generally harmless, you will want to rule out any more serious rash causes.
3. Irritability, Fussiness & Trouble Sleeping
Many babies have trouble sleeping through the night, but if you notice increased irritability and fussiness, along with a change in sleeping patterns, teething might be to blame.
4. Ear Pulling or Grabbing
Ear grabbing and pulling is often seen as a sign of an ear infection; however, many children who are teething will experience jaw discomfort that can lead to similar behaviors.
5. Change in Eating Habits
If you’re noticing your baby’s eating habits have changed, one culprit could be teething discomfort. While some babies might try to avoid solid foods altogether, others might eat more, as they like the way the pressure feels on their sore gums. While changes in eating habits can indicate an array of health issues, if you’re noticing other common teething signs, it could be teething related.
Most babies who are experiencing teething symptoms will not need a special trip to the pediatrician. However, if you’re concerned about a different cause, don’t hesitate to contact Woodburn Pediatrics today to schedule an appointment.