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What to Look for in Teething

It can be difficult to figure out when a baby is teething, as there are often no visible signs in the beginning. Many new parents do not know what to look for in teething infants. The following are some of the possible signs of teething:
  • 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
  • Excessive drooling
  • Irritability/crankiness
  • Hand biting (your baby may shove their entire fist in their mouth, not just a thumb)
  • Biting or chewing on anything
  • Night wakening
  • Ear pulling
  • Gum rubbing
  • Sensitive and painful gums
  • Feeding difficulties.
While this list is often disputed and debated, we have included all those signs that might help a parent identify the source of their baby's troubles. Keep in mind that many of these symptoms are shared with other conditions, such as fever that is caused by an infection, so you should not just assume that a particular symptom is due to teething.
(Click Teething Symptoms and Signs for more information on what to look for when your baby is teething and to find out how long these signs may last.)
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