Expect your baby to be putting their hands in the mouth quite often.
8. Gum-rubbing or finger-chewing.
Chewing helps to relieve the pain and pressure of teething, so you may notice your baby trying to soothe herself by chewing on her fingers. Try to keep your baby’s hands clean so that she doesn’t swallow any germs. (5)
During teething, your baby’s gums become tender and sore. As a result, your baby will have the tendency to touch their gums with their fingers to soother them.
Some parents suggest using your clean finger or a cold teething ring to rub your baby’s gums for about a minute or two to help soothe the discomfort.
Aside from placing their hands and fingers in their mouth, your baby might also be doing this next symptom. It’s not just his/her gums that your baby will be touching …
7. Cheek-rubbing and ear-pulling.
Pain in the gums may spread to the ears and cheeks, particularly when the back molars begin coming in. This is why you may see your baby rubbing his cheeks or pulling at his ears. (6)
Experts think that babies do this to create counter pressure that eases of the discomfort and pain that they may be experiencing.
It’s more of an instinctive massage reaction to ease the discomfort.
Because of the heavy drooling, expect to see some skin irritation while your baby is teething.
6. Chin or facial rash.
If your baby is a heavy drooler, the constant contact with saliva may cause the skin around the chin and mouth to become irritated. Gently wipe your baby’s mouth and chin periodically throughout the day to help prevent chapped skin and rashes. (7)
The folks at WhatToExpect.com (8) suggest the following remedy:
“Patting away the drool will help prevent the rash. You can also create a moisture barrier with Vaseline or Aquaphor, and moisturize with a gentle unscented skin cream as needed. Have some nipple cream (like Lansinoh) on hand? It’s great for protecting tender baby skin, too.”
Because of the discomfort as a result of teething, mood swings may be quite an occurrence. Be a little patient as your baby may be showing a little bit of crankiness and grumpiness.
5. Irritability and fussiness.
Your baby’s mouth will ache as that little tooth presses on the gums and pokes up to the surface, and, not surprisingly, it’ll probably make her feel out of sorts. Some babies may be irritable for just a few hours, but others can stay crabby for days or even weeks. (9)
As baby teeth starts to come out of the gums, your baby’s gums may become increasingly sore and uncomfortable. Hence, this may lead to fussiness and crying.
Just do your best to comfort them and give them some extra loving care.
If a baby’s gums are causing some (or a lot of) discomfort, it is really likely that they would be doing this … see next page.