Baby teething: What you should expect

Updated: Apr 5

The teething for newborns may be painful but it is completely normal. This process causes movement of the teeth in the jawbone, or during the passage through the gum. This result in an inflammation and a sore mouth. Therefore, every parent should know what the expected symptoms are during this period.


The normal symptoms

  • Fussiness: The baby is agited, he cries easily. The pain makes him very irritable.

  • Swollen gums: The gums can even double their size. Very sensible to the pressure, the gums are sensitized by the breakthrough of the teeth.

  • Red or blue gums. They change color as they swell. The area near the dental flare is then darker than the rest of the gums.

  • Red cheeks: These rashes appear mainly beside the spot where the teeth piercesExcessive drooling: The baby saliva is more important than usual. The abundant salivation has the role to keep the mouth hydrated and to protect the gum.

  • A desire to chew. The infant put everything he can get their hands on in his mouth.

  • Trouble sleeping: The baby is most likely going to wake up during the night because of difficulty sleeping.





Treatment

Although the pain encountered during this period is normal, it is possible to reduce the discomfort. You may use special gel for teething to rub babies gum, refrigerated dental ring, homeopathic remedies and painkillers (follow the right dosage adapted for your baby's weight). If you have any doubt, please refer your GP.



Caution

Your baby will most likely be in pain during this process, there are certain symptoms not related to teething such as fever, diarrhea or vomiting.

I advise you to contact your Doctor if this happens.





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