How Will I Know If My Infant Is Teething?

Are you curious as to when your child will begin teething and want to know how you will know it is happening? Most parents find themselves wondering if their child is teething or not, but they dont know the symptoms to look for. Fortunately, there are a lot of different symptoms a teething child experiences and knowing what to look for will help you as a parent.

Generally, when your child starts teething he will slobber a lot and this may even cause a rash on his face. His gums may be swollen and sensitive to the touch and he may try and chew on everything. Some infants when they start teething become very irritable and cannot sleep, lose their appetite, and are basically in a very bad mood! You can help them by giving them frozen teething toys to help soothe their gums and make the teething process a little easier. Of course, some parents say they noticed no change in their infant during teething and then one day a little tooth popped out. This might happen to your infant, but the odds are more in favor of him having a difficult time with teething.

If your child seems to exhibit the above symptoms all the time then you might have a difficult time determining between teething and his normal behavior. However, if you glide your fingers across his bottom gums you can feel for any teeth that might be coming through. You can try the top as well, but infants generally begin teething with the bottom two teeth and then with the top two teeth. So, checking the bottom gums first is always a good idea if you are trying to see if your child is cutting a tooth or not.

Teething is not easy for most infants and this means it is not easy on most parents as well. However, if you are patient and understanding you and your child will get through the teething process much easier than if you are not. Just try and enjoy this new phase in your childs life, take photos, and remember when your infant is crying and uncomfortable that he has no other way of expressing the pain and discomfort of a new tooth coming through and simply try and help him relax. Its the best way to comfort your child and get through this phase.