Teething in infants is an important development in kid’s life. During this phase, infants undergo a lot of pain and inconveniences. This leaves the parents especially first time parents more confused and disturbed.
They do not understand the reason for these behavioral and other changes in their infants. So, it is very important for parents to understand the symptoms of teething so that, they can understand and handle their infants more carefully. Teething in infants starts usually between 3months to around 1 year. During this period, the gums become tender, swollen and reddish.
When observed keenly, either white spots or small openings are visible on the gums. It’s seen that, there is a regular pattern of teething. Usually, the front two middle teeth in the lower jaw comes out first followed by the front two middle teeth in the upper jaw. This is followed by the side teeth in the two jaws and finally the back teeth and the molar teeth. By 3 yrs, child develops a set of 20 temporary teeth.
Some of the common symptoms of teething observed by parents are mentioned below. But the severity of teething varies from child to child. Small babies usually have the habit of salivating. However, during teething period, baby’s salivation increases all the more .This is because teething stimulates salivation. So ,they continuously take out fluid from their mouth. This drooling during this phase, also leads to other symptoms like —
- Rashes around chin, mouth or cheek area. This is because, continuous drooling causes chapping around these area.
- Loose motions. This is because, while drooling kids have the habit of putting all the things in their vicinity into their mouth. This leads to stomach infections and hence loose motions.
When teeth starts coming, gums become tender and swollen. There is pressure on the gums and this causes discomfort in infants. As a result, to counter balance the pressure, these infants end up biting and chewing things around. This helps them to release pressure and decrease the level of discomfort.
In addition to this, swollen gums causes pain and this makes the infant’s cranky, restless, irritated and fussy. As a result, the baby refuses to –
- Sleep especially during night. This is because during day he is distracted towards different things however during nights he refuses to sleep.
- Feed. This is because when they suck either bottle or breasts while nursing, pain in the swollen gums exaggerates all the more. This leaves them hungry and so they remain cranky and irritated.
This pain due to sore gums is comparatively more in case of first tooth and molar tooth. However, the severity of pain varies from child to child and is sometimes accompanied by mild fever.