Signs Your Baby Is Teething

May 31, 2019

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You are holding your perfect little baby and he or she is growing so fast. At about 4 to 7 months, sometimes a little earlier, sometimes a little later, that little bundle of joy might start fussing a little more than normal. There is a good chance that all the extra crankiness is due to teething.

As a parent, seeing your baby hurting and in pain is horrible. Once you know what is making baby hurt or be cranky, you can start to try to make him or her feel better.

What are the signs of teething?

A close up of a baby

Biting: Teething infants tend to bite more. They will bite on their toys, their fingers, or just about anything they can get their mouth on. Babies bite on things because the pressure on their swollen gums helps to relieve the discomfort.

Sucking: Like biting, babies might suck more often, want more bottles or breastfeeding because it helps to relieve the pressure of the tooth coming through.

Loss of Appetite: Some babies will lose their appetite. Some babies will refuse to eat or even drink because of the pain in their mouth.

Drooling: All babies drool, but if you see your baby drooling more than normal, this can be a sign of teething. It is not uncommon for babies who have increased drooling to get diarrhea and a diaper rash. The excessive drooling can also cause a rash around your baby’s face, chin and chest. Try to keep the area as dry as possible.

Ear Pulling: If you have ever had a tooth ache or even a very bad sore thought, you might have felt the pain all the way up and into your ear. Some babies may pull on their ears trying to relieve the discomfort of their gums.

Irritability: Babies who are in pain from their teeth coming in might be more irritable and crankier than others. Trying to keep baby distracted can help. Extra snuggles can also help keep baby feeling better.

Fever: Sometimes a baby will get a very low-grade fever, under 100.4. A true fever which is over 100.4 degrees is not associated with teething and should be thought of as an illness.

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  • Ursula Hunt May 31, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Sliced pineapple frozen is a great teething ring and healthy too

  • Jane Pope May 31, 2019 at 10:19 am

    My 6 month old is showing all the signs. I make icelollies made with breastmilk. Works a treat in this warm weather too.

  • Alica May 31, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I always found the teething toys that could be cooled in the fridge helped a lot!

  • S. Otoole May 31, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I agree with above, teething toys from the fridge used to help my kids. I think my granddaughter is just starting to teeth, anything she can bite on she does.

  • ADEINNE TONNER May 31, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    My tip would have to be a teething ring i’d be lost without it!

  • Solange May 31, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    A cold washcloth, spoon or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums

  • Susie Wilkinson May 31, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Keep teething rings and toys in the fridge so they can get some relief when they chew them

  • Jean Cassell June 1, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    My grandson born on Christmas Eve loves to bite down on our fingers. He’s even had a go at my nose.

  • Iain maciver June 1, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    have a good teething ring

  • Katie June 1, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    good teething toys help loads. Thanks for the giveaway

  • Catherine S June 2, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Keep a few teething rings in the fridge so they can be alternated and the baby always has a cool one.

  • Gerri Tennant June 2, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger or moistened gauze pad.

  • Laura Pritchard June 2, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Apple slices left in the freezer make tasty, cold teethers for older babies!

  • Rachael Sexey June 2, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    A teething ring is a must

  • Margaret GALLAGHER June 2, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Put toys /teethers in the freezer – rwally helps soothe sore gums

  • Tammy Tudor June 2, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Invest in good teething toys! And patience and persitence

  • Katie Skeoch June 4, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Teething toys that you can put in the fridge/freezer are great for sore gums

  • Julia Kerr June 4, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Definitely keep a few teethers in the freezer, and in the freezer of anyone you visit regularly

  • charlotte isobelle June 5, 2019 at 10:43 am

    we are due our first later this year so im taking all the tips i can get at the min xD

  • Diane Carey June 5, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Teething toys in the fridge – always have some in grandma’s fridge

  • katrina walsh June 5, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    always keep a steady supply of them in the fridge

  • Rich Tyler June 6, 2019 at 10:02 am


  • Ruth Harwood June 9, 2019 at 8:40 am

    lots of cuddles, attention and patience!!

  • Sarah kirby June 10, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Amber teething anklets really helped my grandchildren

  • Diana June 14, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Cold teething rings 🙂

  • donna l jones June 14, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    put teethers in freezer

  • janine atkin June 14, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    cold teething rings!!!!

  • emma kinsey June 14, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    bickiepegs are really good

  • Troy Easton June 15, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Keep teething rings and toys in a cold area.

  • Theresa THomas June 15, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    A cold washcloth, that has been in the freezer

  • ellie spider June 15, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    teething rings that can be cooled in th fridge or freezer, and we also freezed fromage frais into lollies to suck and chew on

  • Susan B June 16, 2019 at 4:20 am

    Buy a few different teething toys (rings and keys are good) for baby to use, invest in some new noisy toys to distract attention and have pain relief on hand for any really bad days.

  • Stephanie Crimes June 16, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Make sure you have plenty of teething rings that can be kept in the fridge! They are great for soothing sore gums and sturdy enough not to get damaged by little teeth erupting.

  • Lindsey Stuart June 16, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Have plenty teething rings, when one is in use have another chilling in the fridge, Cold ones seem to be more effective.

  • Kim Neville June 16, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    We used Ashton and Parsons teething granules which worked for us with teething rings put in fridge so nice and cold

  • Natalie Crossan June 16, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Bikie pegs were a real life saver

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