What are the symptoms of teething?

When babies are teething, they can become a little bit more irritable, and sometimes they have a low-grade temperature. If your baby has a temperature that is greater than 101, it's probably not due to teething, and you should look for other signs of illness. It is okay to give your baby some Tylenol if they are irritable with their teething, and some babies do enjoy a teething ring as well.

It is important to note that a fever, diarrhea, or respiratory infections are not common symptoms for teething. IF your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it is important to consult a pediatrician.

Normal symptoms of teething include the child being fussy, irritable, or restless. The child may drool and touch their fingers to the tooth eruption site. The gums may be tender, red, or sore. These symptoms can be relieved by rubbing and soothing the gums with a cold, clean teething ring or towel. If a child exhibits extreme pain, taking the child to his/her dentist or pediatrician may be a good idea so that the dentist can advise an appropriate dose of pain medication for the child.

Sometimes a deep red or blue blister can develop in the tooth eruption site. This may be an eruption cyst or a hematoma. As the tooth finally pushes itself out, this cyst or hematoma will dissolve.

During teething, some babies may become fussy, sleepless and irritable, lose their appetite or drool more than usual. Other symptoms include sore or tender gums which you can treat by gently rubbing the gum with a clean finger, a small, cool spoon or a wet gauze pad. A clean teething ring may also help relieve symptoms. As a tooth erupts an eruption cyst may develop. The tooth will eventually rupture this watery sac as it pushes through the gums. Eruption cysts are usually harmless and should be left alone.

Diarrhea, rashes and a fever are not normal for a teething baby. If your infant has a fever or diarrhea while teething or continues to be cranky and uncomfortable, call your physician.

Your child may have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Increased saliva
  • Drooling
  • A desire to chew
  • Mild gum pain
  • A blue, swollen gum over the cutting tooth
  • Changes in appetite and sleep patterns
The symptoms of teething include redness or tenderness of the gums, unusually large amounts of saliva, and a temperature that does not exceed 100 degrees F. You may also notice a change in your child's behavior, with especially frequent and strong crying. Your baby may also chew more than normal on objects, fingers, and hands. If your baby has a fever higher than 100 degrees F or does not respond to the usual home remedies for teething, call your dentist or physician.

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