How To Recognize Signs Of Teething In Your Child
By far the toughest thing about teething is that your baby cannot tell in words what hurts him and how exactly you can help him to successfully overcome the painful signs of teething. That is why parents should be particularly careful in order not to miss these symptoms.
However, it’s not only the very first, or primary, dentition requires special attention from the child’s caregivers: older kids might similarly experience certain really discomforting signs of teething, whenever their first adult teeth have difficulties cutting through the gum line, and thus expect their mothers and fathers to bring them the long-awaited relief.
What Do I Need to Know about the Signs of Teething?
To start with, do not expect your newborn baby to start his teething in his first months of life, since primary dentition usually starts not earlier than the age of three months.
So, take the time to visit your pediatric medical care provider if you notice symptoms similar to the signs of teething in your newborn child, since these might be symptoms of common colic or cold or even major ear infections. Moreover, even older kids might require additional professional medical consultations when the dentition symptoms appear too severe.
Secondly, get highly concerned if you notice no signs of a new white tooth crown in five days after the signs of teething first become apparent.
Thirdly, you should consider that not all the signs of teething described below will necessarily appear in your child; they are rather individual and vary from one infant to another.
Finally, these symptoms are expected to totally fade away as soon as the new tooth finally cuts through the gums.
How Can I Tell that My Baby Is Teething?
First of all, the overwhelming majority of babies start fussing and misbehaving about three to five days before their first tooth cuts through their gum line. Apart from being highly irritated, some of them also go through acute sleeping and eating problems.
Such signs of teething are linked to soreness and swelling of their gums, which is usually hardly visible to a parent’s eye. However, the gum line might get red and highly painful and you may even notice bruises on it in some extreme cases. Such a baby does not stop fussing all day long, often, has fever, and needs urgent medical assistance to get pain relief.
Still, not all infants experience gum line pain while teething. In some rare cases, they develop their new tooth just overnight with no apparent signs of discomfort.
That is why you should be aware of some highly visible signs of teething, such as drooling. Persistent flows of saliva into your child’s throat also makes him occasionally cough. When it keeps continuously getting onto your baby’s mouth area and skin, you will soon notice the chin and/or chest rash as signs of teething.
In addition, the intense and painful pressure from the erupting tooth makes your child willing to bite on anything that he sees in his way, starting with his own finger, pacifier, and toys and ending up with totally unhygienic objects. Therefore, it might be a good idea to get a special chilled teether, filled with tap water, to prevent infections from getting into the child’s inflamed gums. The parent’s clean finger will work perfectly as well.
Also remember that the pain from the gum line may also radiate into your baby’s cheek or ear, making him constantly rub his cheek and/or pull on his ear. In some severe cases, infants experience low-grade fever and even diarrhea.
What Signs of Teething Should Make Me Seek Immediate Dental Aid?
Get concerned whenever your child’s signs of teething are accompanied with gum-line bruising, even low-grade fever, diarrhea, or cold-like symptoms. Even primary-dentition-related ear pain might turn out to be a sign of infection. Overly prolonged teething and any unexplained symptoms also require urgent professional management.
When Does My Child Need Dental Care Help During His Permanent Teething?
By the time of eruption of the adult teeth, your child’s gum line is strong enough to handle the teething with no particularly painful symptoms. The majority of children might only feel minor discomfort when brushing their teeth or pushing onto their loose milk tooth. Still, pediatric dental care providers draw our close attention to the following exceptions.
Painful and discomforting signs of teething among older kids are primarily associated with major orthodontic disorders, teeth impactions, or acute gum line and tooth socket infections. In such extreme permanent teething cases, the kids experience major gum swelling. All these problems call for urgent professional dental aid.
It occasionally happens that a milk tooth fails to fall out quickly and the permanent one is ready to erupt. This results in the formation of a highly painful pus-filled pocket on the gum line above that milk tooth. In such a case, it has to be extracted by a dental care provider.
It also happens that a child develops regular minor soreness, but the actual tooth does not appear or only partially erupts, which naturally leads to major gum line swelling. This means that the new permanent tooth is impacted and, therefore, has to be surgically removed.
Occasionally, the normal signs of teething can be worsened, with infections penetrating into the missing milk tooth socket, which triggers severe inflammation symptoms, such as gum line swelling, redness, and even pus drainage. Depending on the severity of the infection, the condition is handled either with home remedies or antibiotic and anti-inflammation medications.
Finally, do not hesitate to contact your dental care provider if have any additional concerns regarding the signs of teething.