The teething phase in babies can be frustrating for parents, considering that most of them don’t know the signs. It is, therefore, essential to understanding the symptoms. In this article, I will reveal the common symptoms, explain their relationship with teething, and reveal some methods that you can apply to soothe the pain. To begin with, for most babies, their teething may start when they are around six months old. When your baby is around this age, the immunity that they received from you in the placenta, begins to diminish and their immunity begins to establish itself. When babies are around this age, they are prone to minor infections. Considering the two changes taking place in their bodies, the teething symptoms are often confused with cold symptoms or that of a minor illness.
Let’s have an in-depth look at some of the teething symptoms.
1. Frequent Pulling of the Ears and Rubbing of the Cheeks
During the teething phase, your baby is under immense pain, and you will notice them either pulling their ears or rubbing their cheeks. Pulling of the ears might be a sign of an ear infection, therefore, it’s always advisable that you get more info either from an online source or from a pediatrician before you conclude that your baby is teething. During this time, try massaging your baby’s gums with your fingers for about two minutes. The process might ease the pain, but the best idea would be to seek help from a professional.
Babies tend to experience some form of fever that may reveal itself if the temperature varies between 97 and 100 degrees or when you notice the infant regularly placing dirty hands in the mouth. The pain that results from teething often prompts babies to put their hands in their mouths as they try to soothe the pain; such a habit could result in fever. However, if the temperature rises above 100 degrees, you should visit the pediatrician since it could be a sign of a greater illness.
3. Skin Rashes
In most cases, teething tends to stimulate the development of some skin rashes, and around this time, your baby might drool a lot. The excessive drooling might cause rashes around the neck, chin, cheeks, and mouth regions. The rashes are a result of bacteria found on the skin, therefore, ensure that you keep the spots with rashes dry. Wipe the areas frequently and consider applying a barrier cream recommended by a doctor. The cream will keep the skin dry and will help in the healing process.