Teething

Minor aliments combined with teething

When a tooth begins to erupt there is a certain amount of painful gum inflammation beforehand. Teething can also be accompanied by a whole range of minor problems which, while they are not serious, they can be unpleasant for your baby :

  • Swollen and sensitive gums
  • Hypersalivation
  • Hot red cheek (or cheeks)
  • Bad mood: your child is more irritable than usual and cries more easily
  • Sore bottom
  • Irritation around the mouth
  • Slight fever (under 38°)
  • Accelerated intestinal transit and more irritant stools
  • Unaccustomed waking-up during the night
  • Increased sensitivity to viruses and microbes, which may lead to a cold, ear infection or eye irritation, etc.
  • Temporary lack of appetite


Be careful, however, do not blame teething for everything : while these ailments are associated with teething, all these symptoms should ease  within 48 hours.   A high fever, genuine diarrhoea,  vomiting or a pasty grey complexion should not be attributed to teething : if you are in doubt go and see your doctor.

 

 

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