Babies usually sprout their pearly whites when they’re 4 to 7 months old. I actually just learned that most experts believe that teething doesn’t actually cause the commonly associated symptoms. Symptoms that often crop up during teething include:
- Irritability or fussiness
- Drooling (which can lead to a facial rash)
- Gum swelling and sensitivity
- Gnawing or chewing behavior
- Refusing food
- Sleep problems
Though many parents say their babies also have loose stools, a runny nose, or a fever just before a new tooth arrives, most experts don’t think teething is to blame for these symptoms. The American Academy of Pediatrics says fever and diarrhea aren’t normal symptoms of teething. These symptoms are actually caused by other aspects of the teething such as fevers, which are caused from the bacteria and viruses acquired along with the multitude of things babies put in their mouth to help soothe their gums. William Sears, pediatrician and author of The Baby Book, believes that teething can cause diarrhea and a mild diaper rash because your baby’s excessive saliva ends up in his gut and loosens his stools.
Treat The Associated Symptoms:
Excessive drooling is part of the teething process. To prevent skin irritation, keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby’s chin. Consider applying a moisturizer such as a water-based cream or lotion.
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