Teething is one of the most common concerns for new parents. Each baby experiences different symptoms during teething. The most common symptoms are irritability and loss of appetite.
Some parents report more serious teething symptoms like vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. Whether vomiting is caused by teething is controversial. However, there is no research available to support the link between vomiting and teething. Most experts agree that although localized pain can occur, teething does not cause symptoms elsewhere in the body, such as rashes, vomiting, and diarrhea.
See your family doctor or pediatrician if your baby is vomiting or has other serious symptoms. And don't try to treat your child on your own. Your doctor will want to assess your baby to see if something else is causing the vomiting.
When does teething start?
Babies start teething between the ages of 4 and 7 months, experts say. The lower teeth, called ankles, usually come first, followed by the upper center teeth. The rest of the teeth cut through the gums over a two year period. By the time a child turns 3, they should have 20 primary teeth.
Other symptoms of teething
Some teeth will grow without pain or discomfort at all. Others cause pain and redness in the gums. Often babies are irritable and have no appetite.
Babies may also have some of the following symptoms when they start teething:
- They constantly want to chew
- changes in the frequency or amount of feeding
- They cry a lot more than usual
- inability to sleep
- loss of appetite
- Sensitivity and swelling of the gums
Parents are understandably worried when their child is upset, crying or capricious. They want an explanation for any symptom their child is experiencing. But according to specialists, none of the following symptoms consistently and accurately predict the onset of teething:
- sleep disturbance
- diarrhea or increased stools.
- high fever
Why does baby vomit during teething?
There is something going on for much of a baby's life and at a time when your baby is already having a lot of growing pains. It is for this reason that teething is often mistakenly accused of being the cause of many symptoms.
However, research shows that coughing, congestion, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, high fever, and trouble sleeping are not symptoms of teething. A study of 125 children found that these symptoms were not significantly associated with the emergence of teeth. In addition, the study found that there was no set of symptoms that could accurately predict the onset of teething.
Experts say that during this time, your baby's passive immunity to maternal antibodies wanes and your baby is exposed to a wide range of diseases, including viruses and bacteria. It is therefore more likely that your baby's vomiting has another cause.
In the past, before teething was understood, people tried to treat it with unproven and often very dangerous methods. It even included cutting the gums to relieve the pressure. This dangerous practice would often lead to infections and other serious problems. If you are concerned about your baby's symptoms, you should only seek medical advice from a doctor.
Can the symptoms of teething be relieved?
To relieve discomfort and sensitive gums, you can try massaging or rubbing the gums with your fingers or giving your baby a cold teething ring or a clean washcloth to chew on. If your baby is chewing, you can try feeding him healthy things to chew on, such as raw fruits and vegetables. As long as you are sure that the pieces cannot come off and cause choking. You should also stay nearby in case they choke.
Do not give your child pain relievers or drugs that you rub on their gums, such as viscous lidocaine or benzocaine. These types of medicines can harm your baby if they are swallowed. Experts warn against using these drugs for teething because of the risk of overdose.
Symptoms of overdose are as follows:
Symptoms of overdose
- seizures convulsions
If your child is throwing up, it's probably not because of the teething. Consult your pediatrician.
When to see a doctor?
We can normally take care of something at home. However, if your baby has a high fever or has symptoms that are not normally associated with teething, see your doctor.
You should also see your doctor if your baby vomits frequently or has diarrhea. Some symptoms, like vomiting, shouldn't be attributed to teething, as they may have a more serious underlying cause. Your doctor may want to do some tests to rule out other causes of your baby's symptoms.