You’d think that 7.5 months into this motherhood thing I’d start to recognize the signs of teething BEFORE a tooth actually cuts. I mean, my son’s first tooth cut when he was a week into his fifth month of life and his most recent one cut yesterday meaning that six pearly whites have sprouted in less than three months.
You’d think that I wouldn’t connect the mental dots after the fact. Fact is, though, it seems that my “ah ha, it’s teething!” moments don’t ever come during the precursor signs.
Because there are signs! And I always notice them. Just…not in time.
So, in an effort to try to give myself a head start for the next round of teeth, I thought I’d list the signs of teething that can be found in our household.
1. Chewing on EVERYTHING he can get his hands on. And by chewing, I mean, sticking the object (or adult finger) in his mouth, biting down hard and pulling the object away with his jaw still clamped down.
2. Constantly putting his hands in his mouth when there’s no food or suitable toy.
3. Cries his little heart out every time we lie him down on his back. Seriously. Every. Single. Time.
4. Clamps down when he nurses.
5. Wants to nurse all the time.
6. Fights nighttime sleep as though it was his worst enemy and wakes often during the night.
7. Will be very whiny unless he is held all the time (but he also wants to play with his toys at the same time).
Of course, this is how things are in our household. I have, however, heard of other signs of teething which include:
* Excessive drooling (for us, this was a sign for his first teeth, but now that he has more teeth, he doesn’t seem to be drooling as much anymore).
* Fasting (I find that my son wants to nurse more often, not less often. He also really enjoys eating, notably cold foods).
* Gum swelling and sensitivity (I don’t doubt that my son has this, I just haven’t noticed it).
* Blood blisters
* Tugging on the earlobes
* Loose stools
* Rashes (chin, neck, hands and bum)
Oh! And for those of you who are wondering, here is a teething timeline. So far, I’ve found it pretty accurate to determine the order in which the teeth cut (and not the times at which they are supposed to be coming through).
What are the signs of teething that you noticed with your children?