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Spot the signs of teething

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Published on 14/07/2015

Signs of teething

While most babies begin teething around six months, the first tooth can appear anytime between three and 14 months. Teeth usually come in pairs, starting with the bottom front two and followed by the top front two.

Most babies experience increased drooling and crankiness at the onset of teething, but symptoms can vary for each baby and the process can be long, drawn out and frustrating for babies… and their parents.

The six possible signs are:

The need to gnaw

The pressure of an emerging tooth beneath the gums may be relieved by counter pressure, so teething babies often want to chomp on things. The chewing instinct may also be a response to the odd sensation that something’s going on in there.

Puffy gums

Before a new tooth erupts, it can cause a red, swollen, bruised-looking area on a baby’s gums. Sometimes the gum bulges with the emerging tooth, which you can see faintly beneath the skin.

Excessive drooling

Increased spittle can herald a new tooth – but it’s also a normal developmental stage of infancy, so don’t assume that drooling means teething. There’s no way to tell whether baby’s saliva is the result of teething or not, though it may be if you also see….

Fussiness, especially at night

Tooth eruption (when the tooth moves through the bone and gum) tends to come in stages, with more activity at night than during the day, so baby may be more irritable in the evening.

Ear pulling

While it can also be a sign of ear infection, tugging can be a symptom of teething – the pain from the jaw gets transferred to the ear canal.

A change in eating habits

Babies who are eating solids may want to nurse or bottle-feed more because a spoon irritates their inflamed gums. Others may do the opposite, eating more than usual because the counter pressure feels good. And babies who are on the bottle or breast may begin feeding eagerly or pull back because the activity of sucking puts uncomfortable pressure on the gums and ear canals.

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  1. Silly Mummy

    Great advice! I’m still just guessing half the time, if I’m honest. Any time Baby is irritable we decide she’s teething! #bigfatlinky

  2. Sarah Howe

    For us it was the food refusal. So hard as a parent to watch your child hardly eat but we knew we just had to ride it and hope it would pass. Great post xx #bigfatlinky

  3. John Adams

    When we last took Toddler Adams to the dentist, she had two teeth left to come through buit I think I can safely say our teething days are over. It’s more a case of watching and waiting as her big sister’s milk teeth slowly fall out and are replaed by adult teeth. #BigFatLinky

  4. Catie

    Yes to all of these great advice. My boys loved those teething rings you can place in the freezer. They really helped! #bigfatlinky

  5. Emma's Mamma

    Great advice! Emma didn’t get her first teeth until 11 months. Her molars are coming through at the moment but thankfully they haven’t given her too much grief. Thanks for hosting #bigfatlinky

  6. Elizabeth (Wander Mum)

    These bring back a lot of memories! Teething can make them very grumpy indeed! Thankfully daughter has a full set of teeth now

  7. Ghostwriter Mummy

    We’re right in the thick of teething at the moment and I cannot believe I forgot how hard it can be! And that reflux babies seem to suffer that little bit more too! And then when you think they’re done, those chewers come through! Argh!

  8. Ali

    My toddlers seems to suffer more with his back the front were a breeze. #bigfatlinky

  9. Helen

    We’re convinced our daughter has started teething, as she’s displaying quite a lot of these traits at the moment! She’s only 15 weeks, so I’m hoping teeth don’t pop up anytime soon, could be painful! haha

    Helen x

  10. Carly aka mummy

    Nice simple list to help spot the signs. I have my 2 y o cutting his back molars and my 4 mth old cutting her first teeth both at the same time. Not fun!

  11. Kirsten Toyne

    Mine always had a funny tummy too and still do even now (second set is arriving). the joy. I always wished there was a button we could press and a full set would appear. It would save so much strife. #bigfatlinky

  12. Luke Strickland

    Teething I something I really don’t miss, although we found Amber teething necklaces very successful…

  13. jeremy@thirstydaddy

    ours also got a low grade fever every time a new tooth was coming in. She was very rarely sick so it knocked her for a loop every time

  14. Mrs Tubbs

    Not so happy memories! Then you get to,go through it when the adult teeth come and realise why fobbing them off with a rusk was never going to work. It HURTS! #bigfatlinky

  15. Adrian

    I think you got the main ones covered. It’s a tough time and it feels like it will never end. Little B really suffered with his front ones but oddly he is now getting molars and doesn’t seem to be in so much discomfort. Teething necklace didn’t work for us but try anything! #bigfatlinky

  16. International Elf Service

    Poor little things – a friend of ours pointed out that it’s such a bad design fault to be so soft and young and then have to teeth a mouthful of sharp pointy things. Other friends of ours swore by breast milk / formula ice-lollies….

  17. Musing Mumma

    Good advice. We thought my baby was teething from about four months. It was the excuse for everything! Didn’t get the first one until 11 months. And that was the one time she wasn’t displaying symptoms. Haha – go figure! #bigfatlinky

  18. Jenny

    O was always obvious in his teething, he got such bright red cheeks! A on the other hand isn’t so obvious and we often out biting and grumpiness down to teething! :) #bigfatlinky

  19. Sophie @ Mum, M & More

    This brings back memories of M teething. Her main symptom was a very sore red bottom..and I mean RED!!! It was so painful for her. We also had all of the above in some form or other too! :-) #bigfatlinky

  20. Hannah Atkinson

    Oh I’m so glad that these days are behind me! Poor little cherubs, it’s so hard on them….and us! Little man finally got his last molars at about 3yrs old. Not much longer for you then!

  21. Something Crunchy Mummy

    Teething was one thing I hated – it made they grumpy and not themselves. The main sign tha I knew my two were teething was the drooling!! We went through so many dribble bibs #bigfatlinky x

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