Did you know there are many signs and symptoms that are involved in the teething process? Well, it’s true! To help you know the symptoms of a child’s tooth erupting from the gums, our Studio 1 Dental team has provided the following list:
-Drooling: When your child is teething, you’ll often see a lot of drool. In fact, you won’t believe your baby can drool so much. This often causes sopping wet clothes. To keep the clothes dry, fasten a bib around your child’s neck and gently wipe the drool away throughout the day.
-Biting: The pressure from the teeth poking through the gums can cause a lot of pain. That pain can be relieved by counter pressure, which involves biting. So, your child will try to bite on anything they can get their hands on.
-Crying: Because teething is so uncomfortable, your child will whimper and cry often. This is normal. However, the first erupted teeth are usually the most painful, so your child’s cries should dwindle away once they get used to the feeling of erupting teeth.
-Refusal to feed: The suction and pressure involved in eating often makes the pain worse. This can result in your child refusing to eat. Even though your child refuses, keep at it. It should go away within a few days. If it doesn’t, call your pediatrician and discuss your concerns.
-Interrupted sleep: The discomfort from teething doesn’t just occur during the day—it occurs at night as well. This usually results in interrupted sleep. When your child wakes up at night, see if they can settle themselves back to sleep. If they are still restless, you can soothe them by patting their back or by singing them a lullaby.
Your child’s oral health is important to our dentist, Dr. David J. Berg, and our dental team. So, if you have any questions about your child’s smile or oral health, or if you would like to learn more about teething in Sacramento, California, please call our office today at 916.567.0900 and talk to a member of our team. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!