Being a parent can be extremely rewarding and equally taxing. As one of the hardest parts of being a parent, the inability for your child to communicate can be extremely difficult to handle when they are young. And, because your child is unable to tell you if they are sick or what is exactly wrong, parenting a young child can oftentimes feel like a guessing game. If your child is of the teething age, how can you tell the difference between teething symptoms or an oral infection? Read on to learn more.
Know Their Temperament
You more than anyone else knows your child’s temperament and you know when something simply isn’t right. Although teething is painful, your child’s temperament shouldn’t drastically change. You can expect them to want to feed more, sleep more, and be held more, but they shouldn’t be acting too differently. If you start to notice that your child’s temperament is completely off, they may have something else that is bothering them.
Feel Around Their Mouth
One of the best ways to tell if your child is teething or not is to feel around their mouth and gums for any signs of new teeth. Make sure to clean your hands with soap and warm water before you put them in your child’s mouth. Once clean, take your forefinger and glide it along your child’s gums. Do you feel anything sharp or bumpy protruding from their gums? Does your child want to naturally bite down on your finger when it comes in contact with their mouth? If so, this is a child’s natural instinct when they are teething. If you don’t feel anything in their mouth, they could still be teething at a slower rate but if you don’t start to notice any teeth after a few weeks or a month, it may be worth looking further into.
They Are Inconsolable
Some babies who teethe cry a lot and want to be held, but after a while you can get them to calm down. If your baby is inconsolable and is in an immense amount of pain, take them into the doctor to rule out anything else that’s more serious— this will give you peace of mind.
To learn more about teething babies or to schedule a pediatric dental exam, contact Dr. Nik Zalavadia today!