10 Signs Your Baby is Teething (And Remedies)

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. 

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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. 
  7. They develop a drool rash: Extra drool can causes dry skin and rashing near the mouth. Some days her temperature went up as well. 
  8. They are aggressively irritable or clingy: Watch out for the head swinging back! When the gums start hurting, baby will begin crying and wining.
  9. 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. 
  10. 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. 

Some Remedies: 

  1. 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. 
  2. Massage your baby's face: Gently massage your baby's gum area to relieve some pain. 
  3. Apply Pressure: Counter-pressure helps soothe the pain. You can use Teething Jewelry, organic teething rings and chemical-free rubber toys.
  4. Some products I love: (Freezing these help a lot too)
    1. Banana Toothbrush
    2. Nuby™ Teethe-eez™ Teether
    3. Chewbeads® Baby Zodies Libra Teether