Eventually, your child’s teeth will emerge from their gums, which is called the teething phase. However, this phase can occur at any time between 10 weeks and four months of age. This makes it hard to know when your child is teething. So, to help you, our Ghina Morad, DDS team is happy to tell you the signs and symptoms related to the teething phase. Those signs and symptoms are:
-Drooling: When your child is teething, you’ll often see a lot of drool. In fact, you won’t believe your baby can drool so much. This often causes sopping wet clothes. To keep the clothes dry, fasten a bib around your child’s neck and gently wipe the drool away throughout the day.
-Biting: The pressure from the teeth poking through the gums can cause a lot of pain. That pain can be relieved by counter pressure, which involves biting. So, your child will try to bite on anything they can get their hands on.
-Crying: Because teething is so uncomfortable, your child will whimper and cry often. This is normal. However, the first erupted teeth are usually the most painful, so your child’s cries should dwindle away once they get used to the feeling of erupting teeth.
-Refusal to feed: The suction and pressure involved in eating often makes the pain worse. This can result in your child refusing to eat. Even though your child refuses, keep at it. It should go away within a few days. If it doesn’t, call your pediatrician and discuss your concerns.
-Interrupted sleep: The discomfort from teething doesn’t just occur during the day—it occurs at night as well. This usually results in interrupted sleep. When your child wakes up at night, see if they can settle themselves back to sleep. If they are still restless, you can soothe them by patting their back or by singing them a lullaby.
Some of these signs and symptoms can be irritating, painful, and inconvenient for you and your child. So, if you would like some tips on how to soothe your teething baby in San Carlos, California, please call our office today at 650-592-6396. Your dentist, Dr. Ghina Morad, and our dental team are eager to help you!