How painful is teething for babies?
Over the years there has been a lot of discussion about the subject of teething!
Some say that our secondary teeth don't cause pain when they emerge so why should we assume our milk teeth do? While others (many parents included!!) will argue that there must be some degree of discomfort to cause such distress, irritability and local inflammation in the gum.
What most people agree on though is that the following symptoms should not simply be brushed aside as indicators of teething:
temperature or fever
rash on the body
As teething is a natural development process, it should not make infants physically ill in any of the above ways. The symptoms above are more likely to be those of a bacterial or viral infection, which may need medical attention. Do contact your doctor if you have any concerns.
However, teething babies do seem to display some localised symptoms around the mouth area - such as dribbling, an urge to bite or chew, flushed cheeks and red, inflamed gums etc. How much discomfort these symptoms cause may vary between individuals. As babies can't tell us, we tend to take these visual signs, along with any irritability or restlessness, as an indicator that something is going on.
If your baby's teeth are cutting through the gum and causing distress, then there are a few ways you can help!
Remember though, if you have any concerns about whether your baby's symptoms or discomfort is down to teething or some other illness, it is always best to seek medical advice.
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