The Parents Ultimate Guide to Baby Teething Symptoms

Most parents joke about not making it through the baby teething phase unscathed. If babies could speak, they would surely remind mom, dad, and anyone else willing to listen, that cutting baby teeth can be an uncomfortable ordeal! Luckily, Limestone Dental Associates is here to help families navigate baby teething symptoms and provide baby teething remedies to help you all make it through teething more comfortably (and sanely).

Five Typical Baby Teething Symptoms to Watch for

When babies are born, all 20 baby (or primary) teeth are tucked neatly underneath the gum-line. Although baby teething symptoms generally begin between six and 12 months, your child can exhibit teething symptoms as early as three or four months. Signs of teething will vary, but often children will exhibit:

  1. The Parents Ultimate Guide to Baby Teething Symptoms Blog Irritability
  2. Drooling
  3. Sleeping Issues
  4. Fussiness
  5. Swollen Gums

Common Questions:

What about symptoms such as baby teething fever, diarrhea, and a rash? While these factors are often brought up during discussions regarding teething, these are NOT typical baby teething symptoms. If your child develops any of these conditions, it’s best to contact your pediatrician.

Simple Steps to Soothe a Teething Baby

While teething can be a bit unnerving for both parents and baby, there are a few simple steps that can help soothe baby teething symptoms. Soothing teething home remedies include:

  • Gently rubbing the gums with a clean finger or gauze
  • Offering a sanitized toy or teether for baby to chew on
  • Taking a clean, damp washcloth to freeze for up to 30 minutes for your child to chew on

Common Questions:

What about soothing baby’s gums with a topical gel containing Benzocaine like Baby Orajel? Over-the-counter anesthetics with the ingredient Benzocaine are used to numb the gums, but according to the FDA, should not be given to any child under the age of two due to risk for a serious disorder called methemoglobinemia. If your baby appears to be in extreme pain, consult your pediatrician or dentist to find out if a mild, child-appropriate pain reliever can be administered.

Best Practices for Baby Teeth

Beginning with the emergence of the first tooth, up to a child’s first birthday is the recommended age for a first dental visit. Even before the first baby tooth appears, parents can set their child up for success by running a clean washcloth or gauze pad over baby’s gums. As more baby teeth emerge, parents can start using a grain-of-rice-size of toothpaste and a child’s toothbrush with soft bristles to help begin the habit of brushing teeth.

At Limestone Dental, we love treating children of all ages. If you’d like to learn more about what baby teething symptoms to watch for or how to help make your baby more comfortable during the teething phase, we’re here to help.

Contact us anytime at 302-307-6407.

“Several years ago, I was diagnosed with mild moderate sleep apnea after a 2-day study in a sleep clinic. My medical doctor had prescribed the CPAP machine for me. I’m sure there are others out there who have success with the CPAP, but after multiple problems getting used to it I finally gave up.

In the spring of 2012, during my normal teeth cleaning visit to Dr. Nibouar’s office, I was updating my medical history with Pam and shared my sleep apnea condition. She told me that Dr. Nibouar was able to make sleep apnea appliances. Now I wear the appliance every night and am having great success with it. Now I sleep so much better and don’t worry about having a stroke or the other medical problms that come from sleep apnea! I’m very thankful to Pam, for being a good listener and to Kat and Dr. Nibouar for making my guard and coaching me through this!”

- Margie C.