Some of the most common symptoms of teething:
Biting / Gnawing (Gumming)
Excessive drooling / Dribbling
Painful crying / restless / cranky
Gums are red or white where teeth are coming through
Grabbing their face or mouth
These could all be symptoms of a number of other things so if you are concerned then please contact a medical professional. This is just from our experience.
I, like I’m sure every other parent, have been dreading the awful teething stages that everyone I’ve spoken to have taken upon themselves to warn me about.
Teething usually starts between 3 – 6 months. For us this just so happened to come a little earlier than we expected. Emi-Marie is only just off the 3 month mark so we weren’t sure she was actually even teething, but after taking her for her vaccinations the doctor confirmed it for us.
We’ve got ourselves a little thumb sucker and the first thing that made us curious was that, instead of sucking her thumb, she was biting or gnawing on her entire fist. Which then evolved into sticking anything she could get close enough to in her mouth and chomping down, to put pressure on her poor little gums.
When I say we have been flooded by dribble, trust me I am not exaggerating in the slightest. I think she’s making up for the fact that she hasn’t had a drop of slobber since she was born, UNTIL NOW. We definitely counted our chickens before they hatched on that point. She doesn’t reserve the dribble for certain places either, herself, us, her crib, clothes and teddies have all had their fair share.
These past couple of weeks Emi has been slightly more fussy when we put her down for a nap or sleep. She wouldn’t settle as easy and woke up more often than usual, letting out an uncomfortable cry and moaning until she dropped back off.
Apart from her gums being a little harder and the lower ones appearing a darker pink, she doesn’t seem to be suffering too much. I’m really hoping for her sake that it stays that way.