Baby wakes up crying…
If your baby wakes up in the middle of the night and seems inconsolable, it might be due to teething.
First, make sure to change their diaper and feed them to see if that helps. Once those immediate needs are met and you find that your baby is still unhappy, you’ll have to do more detective work to find out what’s wrong.
If your baby currently has no teeth (or so you think), wash your hands and then place your finger gently in their mouth and feel around for bumps. Find anything? Even if you feel nothing, it could still be teething pain. Unfortunately babies feel pain well before a tooth actually pushes through. Keep reading for more clues.
Baby teething symptoms
Here are some other symptoms you may notice if your baby is starting to teeth:
- Crying and fussy more than usual
- Biting on their fingers or other objects more than usual
- Red gums
- Not eating or drinking as much
- Tugging on their ear since the jaw is connected to the ear (could also mean an ear infection or that they are tired)
Some moms also say that their child had a fever or diarrhea when they were first teething.
Is your baby teething early?
Typically teething starts around your baby’s 6 month birthday, but you may find that your little one starts teething early… or late.
Each baby is different so if they are showing the teething symptoms above along with not sleeping as well as they used to, chances are it’s due to the discomfort and pain that they are feeling.
Unfortunately teething takes a while, their last baby teeth should come when they are 2 or 3 years old. The good news is that they hopefully become more tolerable to the pain as they get older.
What can you do to help your teething baby?
- Comfort them – talk to your baby and let them know what is going on. Ex: They are getting teeth just like Mommy and it will help them to chew new foods. It’s a little painful now, but it will get better. Give them lots of hugs and kisses.
- You can take a cold washcloth and let them bite on that to help soothe. Make sure to ring the washcloth out before giving it to your baby.
- Teething pacifier -This teether is perfect for babies that are used to having pacifiers because it is similar. They can chew on it easily without having to constantly hold a traditional type of teether (this is especially helpful for younger babies). It has different areas to choose, one part can reach pretty far back so it’s helpful with the molars as well as the front teeth and it has soft bristles to massage the gums. It can also be placed in the refrigerator or freezer for added coldness.
- natural baby teething rings –They are made from wood, but are sanded and smooth for your little one to chew on with no finishes or chemical coatings. It’s much better to have your baby teeth on this, than on that expensive crib you bought them! There’s something about chewing on wood that babies seem to love.
- Teething necklace – This is a convenient teether because you can’t lose it, it won’t fall on the floor and have to be picked up a million times, and it will stay clean! Your baby can chew on it as you hold them. It can also be played with while breastfeeding or holding to keep them calm. It’s BPA fee, food grade silicone.
- You might be tempted to try Orajel, but I’d check with your pediatrician first. I’ve heard that it’s not really recommended. I did not use it with my daughter.
My advice is to be there to comfort your little one as they go through this difficult time. Offer them one or some of the suggestions above. Counter pressure on the gums will help alleviate the pain to some degree… hopefully enough to get them and you back to sleep.