It is not unusual for new parents to find that certain times of their child's developmental period can be very difficult. One of such difficult moments is the child's teething period because it can cause your infant to fall ill and thereby becoming very cranky. Those babies who are usually very happy can become very fussy while those who will normally eat very well can become very picky about food during this period. Being a new parent, you might not be aware of what is wrong with your baby and become very worried. In addition to the above mentioned signs, your baby may also have a high fever during the teething period and can thus call for great anxiety, especially to the new parent.
It is possible to find a baby teething at about four months of age, though it all depends on the individual baby and not all babies are the same. There are also some babies who do not start teething until they are about a year old so you do not have to be too worried about when it will take place. Depending on the individual baby and the teeth he is growing, some teeth may be harder to grow than others. Sometimes you may even see your baby smile as he or she discovers a new tooth growing. You can actually feel the surface of the gums to see if your baby is teething, especially if he is exceptionally cranky or is not feeling well. Alternatively, you can observe if the tip of the tooth is poking through the gums.
A common sign to see if the baby is teething is the drool. It is not uncommon to see babies soaking their shirts in no time at all. One way to help is to put a bid on your baby's shirt so that it will soak up the drool instead of soaking through the shirt. You should change the bid whenever it is necessary so as to keep your baby comfortable. You do not have to be overly concern with the drooling as doctors will tell you that it is very common and will go away after awhile.
Another way is to put a special baby ointment on the gums to numb them and this will give some temporary relieve to your baby. Teething rings, which you can freeze, are also available for teething babies to chew on. When babies are teething, they usually like to chew on their toys, hands, shoes or any thing that they can lay their hands on. Older babies may also like to chew on a piece of beef jerky if you offer it to them. As such, it is of great importance that such items are kept clean to prevent your child from falling sick due to the bacteria which they might take in.
It is essential that you comfort your baby when he or she is teething. Such comforts include giving your baby foods and medicine if and when necessary so as to relieve the pain. This is a part of parenting that can be difficult but with great determination, love, patience and support you will definitely get through it. It is extremely important to give your child lots of love and attention because he or she may end up very unhappy during the teething process. Your child is also likely to be exhausted so let him sleep as much as he wants to or is comfortable enough to do so. He will feel happier after some rest. The key point to note is to enjoy the whole process of parenting your child and the difficult period will pass very quickly.