Typically some time around six months of age, your baby's first tooth will erupt. While you may not be able to predict the exact moment of this first tooth's grand appearance, there are a few (somewhat unpleasant) signs that a tooth is on its way. Teething is different for each baby, but most will experience some, if not all, of the following teething symptoms:
Top Teething Symptoms
For some babies, teething is a very painful experience, while others seem to breeze right through it. Most babies do, however, experience some degree of pain - and express that pain through crying and irritability.
Swollen gums can sometimes lead to a low-grade fever, that is one which is less than 101° F. Treat it as you would any other low-grade fever, and call your pediatrician if it lasts more than three days or if it goes over 101° F.
The suction generated by drinking from bottle or breast may be uncomfortable for teething babies, so they may be reluctant to eat. Even babies who have graduated to solids may start shunning their meals. Call your pediatrician if your child misses more than a couple feedings.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.