While it would be nice to have a single set of teething symptoms to pinpoint a visit from the teething fairy, the reality is that the types and severity of symptoms differ from one baby to another. They even differ from one sibling to another.
For some, teething is a breeze, for others its a rough time.
For my daughter, cutting teeth brought on symptoms including a runny nose, a little bit of a cough, fussiness, and drooling. At first I thought she might have a cold, but then her first tooth popped through and her symptoms disappeared.
She took it in stride and so did I. Teething wasn’t so bad.
A couple years later, teething was a little rougher on my son. His teething symptoms included the same cold-like symptoms my daughter had displayed, but of course he had to outdo his sister.
Every time he cut a tooth, he would run a low-grade fever and had diarrhea. It amazed me that a tooth could cause diarrhea! But it happened with every single tooth he cut.
When my son first “got sick” I didn’t realize that the fever and diarrhea were teething symptoms. I took him to the doctor to find out he was teething. Ugh!
To help save you an unnecessary trip to the pediatrician, here’s a list a common teething symptoms:
- Awake during the night
- Ear pulling
- Inflamed gums
- Low-grade fever
- Rash on chin or face
- Refuse to eat
Of course, if you are concerned about symptoms, be sure to call your doctor. It is always better to be safe rather than sorry.
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