10 Signs Your Baby Is Teething

Raising children is great, but it’s not always easy, especially when their teeth start to come in. That is a very important time though, so it is important that parents know how to handle it.

Teething is just as unpleasant for little baby boys and girls as it is for their parents. It is not a fun feeling, so kids usually don’t like it, despite how important teeth are.

A fun fact is that genetics play a big role here. The exact time during which a child gets his or her teeth depends entirely on family history. Here are the things parents need to look out for when their little ones start teething.

RELATED: 10 Tricks To Help With Teething

10 They’re Fussier

Babies can be rather unhappy for a lot of reasons, but if they appear to be more fussy than usual, they could be cutting a tooth. Growing a tooth can be rather unexpected, especially for little ones who have no idea what is going on.

This usually starts happening when a baby is somewhere between 4 and 8 months old, which is usually just after they have started to sleep peacefully through the night. When this is happening, it can be really easy for parents to get frustrated. They must remember that it is only a temporary thing, and it is not very fun for the baby, either.

9 The Baby Is Drooling More Than Usual

Little ones do tend to drool pretty often, but they do it a lot more when their first tooth has started to come in. Another thing moms and dads need to watch out for if their little one is drooling more often is skin rashes.

RELATED: 10 Weird Symptoms Men Get When Their Partner Is Expecting

That sounds alarming, but it can actually be another sign that the child’s first tooth is on the way. There are lots of unexpected symptoms children go through when their teeth are about to come in. Drool is pretty harmless, but if it becomes excessive when the baby is few months old, perhaps it can be blamed on teething.

8 He Or She Is Biting A Lot

Young babies typically enjoy putting things in their mouths a lot, but if a baby is seen putting their fingers in their mouth and biting, that could mean that they have some teeth coming in. This symptom is actually pretty important, and moms and dads need to pay attention to it.

When a teething baby is biting his or her fingers, they are not just doing it to ease the pain of cutting a tooth. Babies tend to do this because they are building their muscles in order to be able to eat the hard, solid foods that they will be eating in the near future.

7 They Are Pulling On Their Ears

Some babies pull their ears when they are teething, but that is not the only reason they do it. Babies are not able to talk right away, so they have other ways of letting their parents know something is up, which is why it is important to pay attention to what they are doing.

Sometimes kids pull on their ears when they have an ear infection. There are also times when baby boys and girls do it because they have too much ear wax. But if a child is doing it occasionally while they are happily doing other things, it is likely caused by teething.

6 The Baby Is Rubbing Their Chin And Cheeks

Kids do some rather strange things when they start getting teeth, and sometimes that includes rubbing their adorable little cheeks, as well as their chin. They might even do this around the same time that they are pulling on their ears.

It’s easy to just write this off as another symptom of teething, but the reason why they do it is actually very interesting, not to mention important. When a baby starts doing this, it usually is their way of letting their parents know that the pain they are feeling in their mouth is traveling to their jaws, as well as their eardrums.

5 They Don’t Have As Much Of An Appetite As Usual

Some babies get really unique symptoms when they start cutting teeth, and others get some very common symptoms, which can include lack of appetite. Kids do not always like to sit down and have a big meal, but if moms and dads notice that their baby is unusually hard to feed, that could mean that they are teething.

RELATED: 10 Baby Symptoms That Will Freak Moms Out (But Are Actually Normal)

This symptom does not necessarily mean that they are not as hungry as usual, even though it can appear that way. The pain babies feel when they start teething can take away their appetite for a little while. This is one of many ways babies tend to deal with discomfort.

4 He Or She Seems A Bit Ill

When a baby starts teething, he or she might appear to have some symptoms that can make mom and dad think they are sick. Sometimes teething babies have to deal with having loose stool, which is not fun for anyone involved.

This can seem a bit worrisome, but it is not that uncommon. Some believe that this happens because of the excess saliva the child is creating. But if a child is only experiencing this symptom, they should see a doctor. There are other things that can cause this to happen, some of which are much more serious than teething.

3 They Are Having Trouble Sleeping

Teething babies are notorious for not being able to sleep. When babies don’t sleep, that usually means that their parents are not sleeping either, so this symptom of teething is really hard to miss.

But the good thing about this is that there are things moms and dads can do to make it easier. Children usually do this because they are feeling pain that is so intense it is keeping them from sleeping, so it is a good idea for parents to speak with their pediatrician about what pain medication the child can have. Teething rings are very useful as well.

2 Their Gums Are Swollen And Tender

Teething children have teeth coming out of their gums, so it is not very surprising that they often have gums that are tender, as well as swollen. There are lots of things parents can try when it comes to easing their child’s discomfort when they are going through this.

Moms and dads can clean their fingers and then place one on their baby’s gums and give them a gentle massage, which should make the pain less intense for a short time. They can also try giving them a wet washcloth to chew on. But choosing the right one is a very big deal, since it has to be big enough for them to avoid choking on it.

1 A Higher Temperature Than Normal

When a baby has a tooth coming in at some point in the near future, they are likely to see a small increase in their temperature. In the past, some people believed that teething babies had fevers, but these days that does not appear to be correct.

Fevers are something children get when something else is happening. But they do become a bit warmer than usual the day before a tooth comes in, as well as the big day itself. But even though this happens, it seems very unlikely that a child would get a temperature that is high enough to be considered a fever simply because a tooth is coming in.

NEXT: 10 Signs You’re Probably Done Having Kids

More in Parenting Tips