From the time your child’s first tooth emerges to how much pain it causes, teething is a different experience for every child. Your baby’s teeth buds form while he is still in the womb. Some babies are actually born with teeth, but most babies will cut their first teeth between four and seven months of age.
Some babies won’t get their first teeth until after their first birthday, but by the age of two and a half, most children have their full set of twenty baby teeth. Teething is a difficult experience not only for the child but to the parents too, but in order to make this experience much easier, here are the top 4 signs of teething that you baby may experience.
1. Excessive Droll: When babies are still newborns, they drool a ton since they’re still learning how to swallow their saliva. Fast forward to teething, the drooling starts again (or never stops in some cases) because drool protects baby’s gums from the many objects around the house that your baby will try to teeth on and put in their mouth. There are antibodies that are found in drool that helps protect your little one from all the germs that may be on all those things they put in their mouth.
2. Biting more than usual: When babies start to teething, they will have a desire to put almost anything in their mouth, not only as their way of exploring but also as a way to relieve the pressure of their gums. When they are chewing on items this will help their gums feel better and help their tooth break free.
3. Teething Cough: Teething cough is caused by harmless drainage of all the excess saliva your little one is producing from teething down the back of their throat. While it may seem that your baby has an endless fountain of saliva that drools down the front of their mouth, there does have a bit of saliva that drips back down. The cough is your baby trying to clear it out.
4. Refused to Feed: When babies are in pain, they generally don’t want to eat, especially since it triggers their sore spots. Keep trying to feed them as much as possible despite the resistance. Call your doctor if their caloric input decreases dramatically.