Is My Baby Teething?

The painful cries of a teething baby can be difficult to figure out since there is little visible evidence to guide parents to the source of the pain. So how do you know if your baby is teething?
 
Signs and symptoms pf teething are more frequent from four days before the tooth comes in until three days after the tooth has emerged (an eight-day window). Some of the possible signs of teething include:
 
  • Excessive drooling
  • Irritability/crankiness
  • Hand biting (your little one may find comfort in shoving their entire fist in their mouth, not just a thumb)
  • Biting or chewing on anything
  • Night wakening
  • Ear pulling
  • Gum rubbing
  • Hardening of the lower gum line
  • Facial rash (drool rash)
  • Low-grade fever (less than 100.4ºF or 38ºC) -- high fever is not a symptom of teething
  • Sensitive and painful gums
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Diaper rash
  • Infant diarrhea.
     
(Click Teething Symptoms and Signs for more information on how you can tell if your baby is teething and to find out how common these symptoms appear to be.)
 
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