Alright, your milk-loving baby is ready for some real food. Nothing too major just yet, purees mostly and veggie-fruit smoothies to start off with. This stage is a rough one as teeth breaking through the gums causes extreme discomfort and excruciating pain for the little one.
So, we're at 8 teeth in 8 months so we've pasted the early stages of teeth development. You can get a good idea of when and the type of tooth that will come in during these early days. Research shows, babies can start teething as early as 4 months but on average they will hit the phase around 6 months. We're 8 teeth down, 12 to go. This process is temporary (thank God), so I'll provide you some insight on how to detect it and some ways to relieve the pain.
- You see a tooth: You may notice a small white tooth poking out of the gums while you feed your baby. If you don't see a tooth, have your baby smile real big and try to spot an area that is swollen and red, if you see that, a tooth is coming.
- Non-stop Drooling: Saliva is dripping out of your baby's mouth. We've noticed wet spots on our rugs, toys, clothes you name it. But drool isn't a bad thing, it's a protection agent with antibodies to help project germs and viruses.
- You can see signs of a tooth: This is a given, but after a few months, check inside the baby's mouth and see if you see any signs of white pearls.
- Putting their mouth on everything: If the baby can see it, the baby will most likely lick it or bite it. We swiped EVERYTHING with baby-safe anti-bacteria wipes (can't do much about the floors). That's about the best thing you can do and ensure sharp objects are out of reach.
- They pull on their ears: Babies start pulling and rubbing around their jaw to create counter pressure that eases some of the pain and throbbing.
- They wake up more than usual: It is normal to see your baby wake up every few hours due to discomfort. We've experienced shorter naps and earlier mornings.
- They develop a drool rash: Extra drool can causes dry skin and rashing near the mouth. Some days her temperature went up as well.
- They are aggressively irritable or clingy: Watch out for the head swinging back! When the gums start hurting, baby will begin crying and wining.
- Swollen, bulging gums: Redness and light swelling is perfectly normal for babies. If you can't feel a tooth coming through, you can look around to see if the tooth area is swollen.
- Decreased appetite: I've noticed my baby's milk appetite has dropped and she's more interested in chewy toys and eating cheerio-like snacks.
- Freeze a baby towel; the cold sensation will sooth the gums. You can have baby just chew on the cloth to help numb the area and reduce swelling.
- Massage your baby's face: Gently massage your baby's gum area to relieve some pain.
- Apply Pressure: Counter-pressure helps soothe the pain. You can use Teething Jewelry, organic teething rings and chemical-free rubber toys.
- Some products I love: (Freezing these help a lot too)