Which are the common symptoms associated with teething?
Symptoms usually begin 3 to 5 days before the tooth appears. These include:
• Soreness or swelling of the gums
• Mood changes, irritability or crankiness
• Restless sleep at night
• Refusal to eat due to the pain
• Mild rash around the mouth due to excessive drooling
• Pulling their ears due to pain (usually when molars erupt)
How do I ease the pain during teething?
• Teething rings: Infants chew on object to aid in the teething process. Teething rings and other toys are often designed with textures that appeal to infants during teething. They also encourage babies to chew, which can help relieve pain.
• Wipe your baby's face wait a soft cloth to remove the drool and prevent a rash.
• Give your child a cool object to chew on, such as a firm rubber teething ring. Avoid any plastic object that might break.
• Gently rub the gums with a cool, wet washcloth or a clean finger provided the teeth are right near the surface.
• Feed your child cool soft foods.
Is my child's fever caused by teething?
A fever is a symptom that many doctors are hesitant to link with teething. For many years it was believed that teething caused fever and general sickness. However, many parents disagree and find that their children get a mild fever while teething. If the fever lasts for more than two days or is unusually high, notify your doctor.