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When you hear the word “teething” you probably are cringing, right? I am pretty sure teething is not every mother’s dream, but unfortunately, it is inevitable.
Here are 12 teething symptoms that your baby or toddler could be cutting teeth.
- When should I expect my baby to start teething?
- How long will teething and the teething symptoms last for?
- 12 Teething symptoms and signs
- 1. Drool for days
- 2. Cranky, fussy and clingy
- 3. Chewing and sucking on hands
- 4. Disruptive sleep patterns
- 5. Warm rosy cheeks and a rash
- 6. Ear tugging
- 7. Difference in poop
- 8. A low-grade fever
- 9. Nasal congestion
- 10. Sore or swollen gums
- 11. Loss of appetite
- 12. A bit off schedule
- Teething is just one of those things
When should I expect my baby to start teething?
Typically, most babies start teething anywhere between 4-10 months of age, with the 6-month mark being pretty common. Although, with that being said, that is not a hard and fast rule.
Some parents experience teething symptoms as early as 2-3 months, weeks or even months before the tooth actually cuts through the gum.
My baby started cutting his first tooth at 4 months old, but my cute little niece didn’t get a single tooth until after a year old!
Some babies teeth super early while others are just a little later in the teething process. No matter when your baby or toddler start cutting those tiny razor blades, you will probably notice some common teething symptoms.
Before your baby has any teeth the most common ones to erupt first are usually the bottom front two teeth. It is also common for teeth to come in pairs as well. So, the next two are most commonly the front top two followed by the incisors.
Here is a quick breakdown of the order in which the different teeth emerge and a general rule of thumb for age.
How long will teething and the teething symptoms last for?
Every baby is different, and some handle the teething journey better than others. With that being said, teething is a process and does take time.
As a first time Mum, for some reason I had a very misconstrued concept of the whole teething process.
It is slightly funny to think that I thought a little tooth would just appear overnight.
I honestly thought when my baby would get a tooth, it would just pop right through the gum in one day, without any other signs or symptoms.
Well, boy was I wrong. Teething symptoms are definitely a thing and unfortunately, teeth don’t usually just cut the gum without any other struggles along the way.
When your baby starts teething you will probably notice some teething symptoms a few weeks or even months before the tooth actually comes through the gum.
With my baby, I found that the incisors and molars most definitely took the longest to actually come in, even though we experienced teething symptoms associated with those teeth for quite some time.
I won’t sugar coat it for you but the whole teething journey can feel like it is never-ending. When they finally get a couple in, it seems like they then start over again.
But not all is lost! There are some great ways to relieve those pesky teething symptoms and leave your baby or toddler handling them like a champ!
12 Teething symptoms and signs
- Lots and lots of drool
- Cranky, fussy, and clingy
- Chewing and sucking on hands
- Disruptive sleep patterns
- Warm rosy cheeks and rash
- Ear tugging
- Difference in poop
- Low grade fever
- Nasal congestion
- Sore or swollen gums
- Loss of appetite
- A bit off schedule
1. Drool for days
When I say drool for days I am not exaggerating. Maybe I should even change that to drool for weeks! Lots of extra saliva and drool is probably one of the main teething symptoms.
Drooling can last for several weeks while that new tooth is getting ready to cut through the gum. You may even notice excess drooling when the tooth has already cut and continues to come through.
Save yourself from extra laundry and wardrobe changes and keep a bib on your baby.
When my baby resembled a slobbery St. Bernard, I found it super helpful for me to change out soggy bibs than completely change his outfit. Plus, you can find some super cute ones online! (cute boy options too)
2. Cranky, fussy and clingy
It is going to pretty normal for your little one to experience some discomfort during teething. You may notice them being extra fussy or cranky. Along with that don’t be surprised if they seem super clingy towards you as well.
To be honest, I don’t blame them for acting a bit out of sorts. I remember as I late teen getting my wisdom teeth in. It was SOOO painful. No wonder teething can cause a baby or toddler some unwanted pain and discomfort leaving them feeling a tad on the grumpy side of life.
I found having my baby wear an amber teething necklace to be a miracle worker for him. I notice a huge improvement now that he wears its every day.
3. Chewing and sucking on hands
Chewing and sucking on things, whether it be your baby’s hand or whatever else they can get their mouths on, biting down and chewing on something can provide relief.
The counter pressure from biting, gnawing or chewing on an object can help alleviate the pressure and pain from sore gums.
If your baby has his fist stuck in his mouth and is chewing away, while drooling, that is a pretty positive teething symptom you have on your hands.
Offering your baby or toddler teething toys can be a good alternative for them to gnaw away on. It can also entertain them while taking their mind off of their teething discomfort.
4. Disruptive sleep patterns
Don’t be surprised if your little one experiences some disturbances in their regular sleep patterns. Thankfully, my little guy is a champion sleeper and never really had any issues with sleeping while teething.
(if you want to learn how my baby became an expert sleeper, check out the little guide down below)
Although, that doesn’t mean you might never experience any disruptive sleep patterns. Teething symptoms can affect naps along with nighttime sleep.
If I noticed my baby experiencing discomfort, I would offer Hyland’s Nighttime Teething Tablets and they would always provide him relief and teething never disrupted his sleep at night.
5. Warm rosy cheeks and a rash
If your baby is sporting warm rosy cheeks, you can probably bet those tiny teethers are going to be making their grand debut sooner or later.
You may also notice a rash on your baby’s chin. This is very common when teething because all that extra drool and saliva drips on their face/chin, dries and then can irritate the skin.
The rash may appear to look like eczema or even just look like dry skin. It usually doesn’t last too long and clears up before you know it.
Keeping the affected areas moisturized can help with the irritation and any discomfort. This organic baby face cream is a GREAT option for your little one.
6. Ear tugging
Ears are kind of connected to everything else in that region, including your baby’s mouth. You may notice your baby or toddler tugging or pulling at their ears.
Discomfort in the mouth can definitely cause some discomfort in other nearby areas.
A little tip that I found provided my baby with some relief was I would massage lotion and lavender essential oil behind the ears and kind of down the neck. I felt that this technique helped him feel relaxed and provided comfort.
7. Difference in poop
I know a lot of people say that diarrhea or loose stools aren’t associated with teething, but I have seen a bit of a correlation between the two.
I certainly noticed a difference in my baby’s poop when he was teething. Not necessarily the whole time or every time but I could tell that he would sometimes get runnier poop and even get a small bum rash.
This symptom usually doesn’t hang around too long and paste on some bum cream to help with any irritations and your baby should be back to their usual bowel movements in no time.
8. A low-grade fever
Here is another one of those teething symptoms that is said to be unrelated to teething. Yet again I beg to differ. I think it is somewhat common for baby’s or toddlers to experience a low-grade fever while teething.
A teething fever is very low grade and nothing to be worried about. Allow your baby to rest, recoup and just give lots of extra snuggles. Resist treating the fever with any type of baby OTC medication, fevers are actually beneficial for the body so do your best to treat it naturally.
But if the fever persists, increases and causes you to be concerned don’t ever hesitate to contact your healthcare professional.
9. Nasal congestion
If your little one seems super congested and nasally, odds are they might be experiencing something teething symptoms.
If you aren’t noticing any other signs or symptoms that are accompanying the nasal congestion, I would definitely attribute it to some new tiny teeth coming in.
10. Sore or swollen gums
Sometimes taking a peek inside of your baby’s mouth can reveal a lot too! If you notice sore or swollen gums this is a HUGE telltale sign that your baby is teething and is a pretty common teething symptom.
Sadly, when they are sore or swollen, it doesn’t necessarily mean the tooth is going to pop right through the next day. Your baby or toddler could experience sore or swollen gums for quite a few days or even weeks leading up to the tooth actually poking through.
I sometimes would notice my baby’s gums were really swollen for a few days and I could practically see the tooth and then a few days later the swelling would be gone but the tooth never came through. Like I said, teething takes time.
11. Loss of appetite
If you have ever had a toothache you probably aren’t really in the mood for chowing down every item of food in plain sight. Don’t be alarmed when your baby or toddler doesn’t have their normal appetite.
Pain in the mouth usually results in the disinterest to eating. I noticed this teething symptom especially when my baby was more at the toddler age and cutting those big molars or canines. I felt like those teeth were a bit more brutal and painful, so his appetite sometimes was a bit off.
Offering him lots of smoothies and soft foods like yogurt, raw milk or apple sauce really helped when he didn’t feel like eating other solids. You could also try putting some frozen fruit into a handheld silicone feeder for them to suck and gnaw on.
12. A bit off schedule
I have always been very scheduled with my baby and he has been pretty routined as a result of it. When teething hits, it is not unusual for your baby to get a bit off schedule.
They may have shorter naps or not want to eat when they usually do, or even be less interested in playing if they don’t feel on top of the world.
Just watch and monitor them closely and keep doing those normal everyday things but don’t worry too much if your day goes a little different than it usually does. Tomorrow is a new day where you can try it over.
Teething is just one of those things
Teething is just one of those things that is going to happen whether you or your baby likes it or not.
I won’t lie by saying it is a piece of cake and something I loved.
But it doesn’t have to all be bad news. It is kind of fun to see new teeth coming in, and experience your baby or toddler grow and develop.
Plus, there is nothing cuter than tiny little baby teeth poking through as they smile! Seriously though, I can’t get over how cute my baby’s smile is with his tiny teeth!
Lastly, you don’t have to endure this journey without finding ways to offer relief to your baby when they are teething.
If you are like me and like to do things a little on the more natural side, check out this post about a ton of different ways you can help your baby tackle teething the best they can!
In the meantime, keep on the lookout for all of those different teething symptoms your baby may show when their teeth start cutting!