Teething: An Overview
It goes without saying that when a baby begins teething, there’s a good chance that they’re going to be unable to physically tell you that they’re teething. Therefore as parents, we need to know what to look out for to tell us that teething is underway.
In some cases, the typical symptoms won’t be so obvious and one day you’ll see a tooth has erupted from your baby’s gums out of nowhere - lucky you! However in most cases, the symptoms are clear but if you’re a first time parent like me, you might not know what to look for.
In this blog post, we will list some of the most common and classic signs that reveal teething is taking place but before we dive in, let’s remember that we’re first time mums and dads here so let’s study the basics.
Teething - What is it?
In most cases, babies are born with no teeth. Teething is the process in which a baby’s teeth push through and out of their gums. This is a slow process and can often be a cause of discomfort to the baby as their first set of teeth make their debut on the gum line.
When does it happen?
Every baby is different but essentially, teething can begin any time between zero and 18 months. In most cases, parents can expect teething to start approximately at the 3-9 month stage but remember that every baby is unique and on their own timeline.
How do I know if my baby is teething?
There are a number of symptoms to look out for that can tell us that your baby is teething.
Rubbing/touching their ear
Drool and dribble
Chewing on things
Loss of appetite
Whilst it can be distressing and difficult for parents to witness their baby in discomfort, whether that be from sore gums to losing their appetite, remember that this is perfectly normal and it doesn’t mean that your baby is unwell or sick. However we appreciate that it’s normal to worry and we never disagree with following your instinct and calling a specialist for peace of mind but hopefully this blog post can illustrate what to look for and what’s completely normal.
As we expand our blog series, we’ll be diving deeper into the world of teething to ensure that mums and dads can add to their knowledge.
Written by The Molar Bear