9 Common Symptoms of Baby Teething
9 Common Symptoms of Baby Teething
Babies are delicate little humans, they need to be taken care of very well. As infants, they cannot say or complain if they are feeling any discomfort. One crucial time in an infant’s growth is their teething stage. By the time infants reach 2 months old, teething starts, and when they reach 6 months, their first tooth starts to appear.
These months are a challenge both to the parents and to the Filipino maid/Indonesian maid who is looking after the baby. To be prepared, and have an idea if the baby is already teething, here are some symptoms the parents and Filipino/Indonesian maid must look out for:
1. Drooling. Teething stimulates drooling, and it starts from about 10 weeks to 3 to 4 months of age or older. If baby’s clothes are constantly soggy, the Filipino/Indonesian maid needs to put on a bib on the baby to make them more comfortable, and gently wipe baby’s chin to prevent the drool from dripping.
2. Teething rash. Drip from baby’s drool may cause chafing, chapping, redness, and rashes around the baby’s mouth. To relieve the rash, Filipino/Indonesian maid can put unscented skin cream as needed. Make sure that the cream is safe for baby’s skin.
3. Coughing and/or gag reflex. All the drooling can make babies gag and cough. But if there is no sign allergies, cold, and flu, there is no need for the parents or the Filipino/Indonesian maid to worry.
4. Biting. Teeth peeking through under the gums causes discomfort which can be relieved by chewing and biting. Teething babies turn to teething rings and other teething toys. With this, the Filipino/Indonesian maid must prepare these teething toys and must keep it clean and sterilized.
5. Crying. Some babies go through teething without any hardships, while others suffer in pain due to inflation of gum tissues which they can share through crying. The first teeth usually hurts the most, and they will not feel bothered at all later on. The Filipino/Indonesian maid must talk to the parents or the baby’s pediatrician about when to offer pain relievers to the baby.
6. Irritability. The baby’s mouth will ache as soon as that little tooth presses out on the gums, and unsurprisingly, it is uncomfortable for the baby. Some babies may feel irritable for just a few hours, but others stay fussy for days or even weeks. The Filipino/Indonesian maid must have patience in soothing the baby until they feel better.
7. Refusing to eat. Cranky babies yearn to be soothed by something in their mouths, may it be bottle or breastfeed. But feeding may make a teething infant’s sore gums feel worse and become fussy about feedings. The Filipino/Indonesian maid should not force the infant to drink milk. But if the feeding strike of the baby lasts for more than a few days, call the pediatrician for a consultation.
8. Night waking. Teething can also disrupt your baby’s good night sleep. Before soothing the baby back to sleep, the Filipino/Indonesian maid must see first if the baby can settle back to sleep. If the baby is still restless, soothe the baby by patting or with lullabies.
9. Ear pulling and cheek rubbing. Gums, ears, and cheeks share nerve pathways, so an ache in the gums can travel elsewhere. As a result babies tug furiously at their ear or rub their cheek or chin. This action is uncontrollable for babies, the Filipino/Indonesian maid must make sure to keep the infant’s nails clean to avoid scratches on baby’s face while pulling his ear.