Lucas got his two bottom teeth a few weeks ago. Oh my goodness adorable! It was so funny to my husband and I because we never had what we felt like were the so called teething symptoms. Sure he had grumpy and fussy days, but we never connected to it to teething. I think we’ve been using all his grumpy days as an excuse and saying, oh he must be teething! for months now. One day, completely out of the blue, my husband saw his two bottom teeth! I never even noticed that his teeth were starting to come in. They just appeared! I think they are the cutest teeth I’ve ever seen!
Taking a picture of your baby’s teeth is not easy. This guest post came in perfect timing, because I learned that no signs or symptoms is sometimes very normal!
The following is a guest post by Annie.
I worried obsessively over teething when Lizzie was a baby. When she was 4 months old she went on being a very quiet – albeit hungry – baby to crying more, wanting to eat more and not as content. I felt around her gums but couldn’t find any swelling to explain the fussiness. Well intentioned friends told me that babies can suffer from teething for months and months before a tooth finally pops through.
Lizzie didn’ get her first tooth until she was 9.5 months old. That is slower than a snail my friend.
His example is our wisdom teeth. Did you notice when yours were far below the surface, popping through? Did you have pain that was distracting at all? Me? Nope! I still haven’t had mine pulled yet (much to the chagrin of my dentist) and I have noticed a tiny bit of pressure, but that is all. Well, maybe that tiny pressure hurts like the dickens for my baby!
According to this British Dental Journal article, the long standing idea that a child can suffer pain from teething for months before the tooth erupts isn’t medically supported. But they did say that the inflammation caused by teething can be painful.
The exact level of pain varies from child to child, much like stubbing my toe makes me want to cry but Josh can drop a hammer on his face and not flinch. Some babies will indeed be more afflicted than others. I have heard some moms say that they didn’t even know their child was teething until they felt that first tooth. Other babies will let the universe know that they don’t like all the pressure in their mouth!
Now, what about all those myriad of different symptoms we attribute to teething – are they really symptoms? Not according to the British Dental Journal. They stated that the following symptoms are really other childhood illnesses, not teething:
- Upset stomach
- Diaper rash
- Inability to sleep
- Flushed cheeks
- Runny nose
In fact, they said that far too many doctors are misdiagnosing things are teething when there is something else the matter. Ultimately, Dr. Mike and the journal article said that a mother’s intuition can’t be beat. If you think the baby is teething, then find ways to comfort it. How can you do this?
Natural remedies include:
- Hyland Teething Tablets
- Amber teething necklaces
- Teething Biscuits
- Refrigerated Teething toys
- Medical remedies (that are highly debated among mothers)
- Orajel (it has alcohol in it, hence the controversy)
Annie is a fun mom to two kids and blogs at Mama Dweeb. Stop by her blog and say hi!