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If your child’s teeth are about to erupt from the gums but you’re not sure about the signs and symptoms involved, our Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS team is more than happy to help you. There are many signs that mean your child is beginning the teething phase, and some of those signs are:

-Drooling: Drooling is one of the most common symptoms of teething. Your baby will drool so much that their shirt will become sopping wet. To keep their clothes dry, fasten a bib around their neck and gently wipe the drool away throughout the day.

-Biting: The pressure from the erupting teeth will provide discomfort to your child, but the pain can subside with biting, which is also known as counter pressure. So as a result, your child will bite on anything they can get their hands on.

-Crying: It’s common for your child to whimper or cry while they are teething. This is because the process is uncomfortable for them. However, the first teeth are always the most painful, so the fussiness should subside once they get used to the feeling of erupting teeth.

-Refusal to feed: The suction and pressure related to eating can make the pain worse, whether your child is eating breastmilk or solid foods. This will make your child refuse to eat. When this happens, keep encouraging feeding time. It should get better within a few days.

-Interrupted sleep: The teething soreness and irritations don’t just occur during the day—they occur at night as well. This might wake your child up in the middle of the night. When this happens, see if they can settle themselves back to sleep. If they can’t, you can soothe them by rubbing or patting their back or by singing a lullaby.

To learn more about teething in Ann Arbor, Michigan, or for tips on how to soothe your child through this process, please call our office today at 734.668.6612 and talk to your dentist, Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey, or a member of our dental team. We are more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the information you need to succeed!