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An Australian study in 2002 concluded that teething is as distressing a time for parents as it is for the teething child.

A teething child is a restless child, therefore, there’s no way a parent can rest.

Your child will have bad days and good days till all 20 milk teeth have erupted. Bad days will be “teething days” and good days will be the “non teething days”.

So how long does the teething last?

“Teething days” are a period of 8 days (4 days before teething, the day of teething, and 3 days after the tooth has erupted). You may have a child who is teething or you’re a parent who wants to be prepared for the next step. So, what should you expect on these “teething days”?

Below are the signs and symptoms of teething in children

Elevated body temperature

Your child’s temperature may rise on the day of teething by 0.2 to 0.5 degrees. It is normal for teething to be associated with some inflammation which leads to an increase in body temperature. Some parents report that their child’s cheeks get flushed. This probably is due to this slight increase in body temperature.

Behavioural changes

Your child may get fussy while nursing, may not want to nurse, or may constantly want to nurse. Many parents report a decrease in appetite on teething days.

Since teething occurs mostly at night, babies tend to remain restless at night. That leads to children feeling sleepy, tired and listless.

Gum irritation

There is a definite itch under the gums because of tooth eruption. Applying pressure to a stubbed toe reduces the pain there. Similarly, gum irritation or pain is reduced when the child sucks on his/her fist or thumb and creates pressure in the mouth.

The gum irritation and creation of suction in the mouth, increase the saliva production – which leads to drooling. Excessive drool spreads on the face and may cause a rash. Some doctors believe, that swallowing all that excessive saliva is what leads to loose stools in teething children.

Babies also feel frustrated. No matter what the baby does or puts in the mouth, the gum irritation keeps coming back.

Simply put, the mouth is now a sensitive area of the child’s body. And the child is exploring the world with it. Gum irritation and curiosity are the two reasons that infants start putting everything in their mouth. This may lead to them putting unsanitary things in their mouth, which causes infections.

Gum irritation and the force that causes tooth eruption, together cause irritability and pain.

And since most tooth eruptions happen at night, sleepless nights are a given. Also, when the back teeth are erupting, gum irritation and tooth eruption force causes earaches.

There is, however, a light at the end of the teething tunnel, a silver lining to this dark cloud. It will end. All children complete teething by 3 years. You will have your happy baby back!

In our next article we will go through some tips and tricks to soothe your teething infant.

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About the Author:

Dr Apeksha Anand completed her BDS in 2007 and went ahead to complete her Masters in Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry. She has 6 consultation practices in Powai, Ghatkopar and Juhu. Her love for children has pushed her to diversify from pure clinical practice into educating parents about preventing dental diseases through Dentist Auntie.

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