It’s hard to know when your child is teething, if they’re ill or just having a grumpy day. If you find yourself wondering whether to give your baby or toddler some teething gel or Calpol then knowing the signs of teething can be a great help!
When my first child started teething Google was my best friend in searching for different signs before I gave any unnecessary medication. I also spoke with many other mums about what their child has experienced just before a little tooth popped through. Now we are going through it all again with our second and if we’re in doubt then I think of the following signs, if your child has a few of these then chances are YES they’re teething:
- Red Cheeks
- Swollen Gums
- Cries when Gums are Touched or Chews on a Toy
- Nappy Rash
- Waking Frequently in the Night (if they don’t usually)
- Snotty Nose (and not an illness)
- Extremely Dribbly
- Chewing on Everything
Both of my children suffer with at least 3 of the above every time they are about to cut a tooth and many other mums we see say their children show a few of the above symptoms.
Some of the side-effects of teething are unusual but if you notice your child showing a few of the above then it may be time to bring out the teething ring, some pain relief and lots of cuddles!