How to Know If a Baby is Teething

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Getting teeth is an important milestone in your baby’s development. Not only does it help your baby develop a more complete diet, but having teeth also helps your baby develop more language skills. Teething can be extremely uncomfortable, which can cause your baby to be irritable. Knowing the signs of teething will help you determine when your child is getting a new tooth so you can attempt to soothe him.

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  • Keep an eye on your baby’s behavior. If he is teething, he will probably become more oral. He will chew on his hands and toys. He may also grab at his ears or rub his face.

  • Pay attention to your baby’s sleeping habits. Babies that are teething might suddenly stop sleeping through the night. You also may notice she isn't napping for long.

  • Take your baby’s temperature. Babies who are teething often have a low-grade fever.

  • Watch for excess drool. Babies who are teething drool more. You may notice that your baby soaks through bibs more often or always has wet spots on the front of his clothes.

  • Listen to your baby. If your baby is suddenly crying more frequently, she may be teething. If she is dry, fed and still crying, it may be due to the pain of teething.

  • Notice your baby’s eating habits. Your baby might eat less if he is teething. This is because the chewing and sucking may increase the pain.

  • Examine your baby’s gums. You may notice a tooth poking through or that the gums are red and swollen.

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