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What are the signs of teething?

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Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
A few: Pain, fussiness, low grade fever, change in eating habits. Consult your pediatrician.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 35 years experience
Or consult your pediatric dentist.
Jan 21, 2013
Dr. Majid Jamali
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 27 years experience
Teething: Salivating, pain.
Dr. Sonja Garden
30 years experience
Fussiness : Infants often show signs of low grade fever. Drooling and rubbing of gums. They may become fussy. Check to see if teeth are cutting through the gums. Consult your pediatrician.
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Teething: Symptoms of teething often occur a few days (or even weeks) before the tooth comes through the gum. Common symptoms and signs include: Red and swollen gums. Red flushed cheek or face. Rubbing their ears on the same side as the tooth which is coming through. Dribbling more than usual. Waking more at night and generally being more unsettled. Inconsistent feeding. Rubbing their gums, biting, chewing
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 35 years experience
Teething signs: It is very common for babies to have excess saliva when teething. Sometimes this is also accompanied by a low grade fever, loss of appetite and mild diarrhea as well. As long as symptoms are mild it is not problem. If symptoms worsen then see your pediatrician for an evaluation just to be sure.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Add to this list irritability, need to be held and comforted, interruption in normal sleep pattern, and hands going to mouth even more than normally. See a Pediatric Dental Specialist once 1st tooth erupts, but no later than 1st b'day.
Oct 20, 2017
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Varies: Some babies may have more drooling, more crankiness, fussiness with feeding, possible mild/slight fever, loose stool etc. And of course seeing/feeling the teeth (white dots protruding from the gums) is a sign. Some babies have no symptoms at all. Regular visits/well check with doc will provide you with the info you need.
Dr. Rodrigo Argenal
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Non specific: Most experience vague symptoms of "not being themselves". They essentially continue to act and eat well. May be fussy at times but easily consolable, they seem to want to bite on things more than "usual". Others may be increased drooling, looser than normal stools (but not "diarrhea"), temperature up to 100 or so. If fever, poor appetite, fussy or resp symptoms it may need to be seen by md.
Dr. Sander White
Cosmetic Dentistry 51 years experience
Crankiness: Typical symptoms are crankiness and pain.

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