Babies go through a lot of changes in the early months of their life. After six to eight months, an infant will start having their teeth erupt. Teething can often cause discomfort and make babies fussy, and can occur with other symptoms, such as fevers, runny nose and excessive crying. These symptoms may at times occur concurrently, but they don’t mean they have the same cause. When are these symptoms nothing to worry about, and when is it time to get treatment?
Normal Teething Symptoms
Teething begins when a child is about six months old. As each tooth comes in, it can be uncomfortable for about a week. The discomfort starts about three days before the tooth pushes through the gums and last for about three days after the tooth erupts. You might see more drool than normal as well as some swelling and fussing.
Your child might want to chew on things as the tooth comes in. A cold teething ring can help relieve some of the discomfort. Additionally, it’s recommended to make an appointment with your Oklahoma City dental team when your child’s first teeth appear.
Is There a Link Between Teething and a Runny Nose?
Most experts suggest that when a baby has a fever and a runny nose, it could be an infection. There might be an indirect link between the symptoms and teething since the stress of teething can make your baby more susceptible to infections. Many children also start becoming more exposed to the world around this age, which means they are exposed to more germs. However, teething symptoms usually do not last.
For more information and treatment, discuss your concerns with Dr. Tim Brooks.