Teething Symptoms

In terms of individuality and specificity of the process the eruption of teeth can differ from one baby to another depending on personal peculiarity. There are however some general teething symptoms that have an average occurrence rate and that tend to affect around 80% of infants. Starting with the third month of age, teeth can become a real problem for both parents and children, and there are clear signs that announce their eruption.

First of all, the child's tendency to put every object into his or her mouth is among the most common of the teething symptoms. When chewing at an object, the pressure in the gums will be alleviated soothing the child and reducing discomfort; in order to make sure that the infant does not chew all sorts of objects around the house, you can provide him or her with a rubber chewing ring for instance.

Both parents and doctors often disagree when it comes to the teething symptoms, and these differences of opinion are generated by the fact that the so-called symptoms may drastically vary from child to child. Irritability is often associated with the increasingly sore gums as the teeth are ready to break through the skin. Every child reacts in a particular way to the experience: he or she may learn to live with the discomfort, or be irritated every time a tooth erupts.

Starting with three or four months of age the baby may start drooling more than usual; teething and drooling are closely connected, so this is a clear sign that the infant is going to have his or her first tooth. Cough is another of the teething symptoms associated with drooling, as many children will gag and cough because of the extra saliva. Unless there are other signs to indicate a cold or flu, there is no reason to worry about.

It is this same drooling that may lead to the appearance of rashes in the mouth area, as the skin is kept constantly wet. Wiping the chin and the mouth several times a day will help, with the mention that you need to do this very gently so as not to irritate the skin even further. You may notice cheek rubbing or ear pulling as other teething symptoms; such manifestations are frequent when the molars erupt and some of the pain may travel to the cheeks and the ears. You will notice that the child will get back to normal as soon as the molars break through the gums.

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