Not even your doctor can predict when your baby will start teething. The process of teething in babies is a complicated one and different babies will start teething at different times in their infancy.
Some babies start teething as early as three months and some babies do not even begin till they are six to eight months old. The process of teething will continue till they are three of age. Babies also tend to react differently to teething. Some babies become cranky and irritable when the first tooth begins to appear.
Other babies might not even feel a thing. However, one thing common in all teething babies will be their need to chew on something. They will start chewing on their fingers if they cannot lay their hands on anything else. This is because teething causes their swollen gums to itch. In some babies the pain and swelling in gums can subside without the appearance of tooth.
Below listed are some typical signs that your baby is getting his first tooth.
Swelling in gums indicates that the new tooth is trying to push its way out. This makes the gum red and bruised. Your baby will feel the pain in the gums more often at night. The baby will become increasingly uncomfortable at night. He/she will be more cranky and irritated than usual.
At night the process of teething is more active than at daytime. Hence your baby will give you a hard time at night by not going to sleep early, wanting to be picked up and be rocked in your arms and not sleeping properly. The irritable, itchy and swollen gums will make your baby want to chew and gnaw at things.
Biting a soft teether will give your baby some relief and he/she will temporarily forget about the pain. Some babies might also bite their mothers while breastfeeding. In some cases the baby can develop pain in the ear canal. You will see the baby pull at his/her ear of that is the case. During teething the pain from the jaw can move to the ear canal thus affecting it and causing pain in the ears.
Heavy drooling is also a sign that the baby is teething. If the drooling is so much that rashes appear on the chin, neck and chest and the baby sometimes gags on the drool then it’s a sure shot sign that the baby is teething. You can protect the baby’s skin from rashes by applying a thin layer of Vaseline on the areas or by making the baby wear a bib.