Teething can produce a variety of symptoms in our little ones. However, some of the symptoms attributed to teething may in fact be caused by another childhood ailment. Interestingly, the stress caused by teething can often make babies susceptible to colds and stomach upset, as well as other common sicknesses. These symptoms are often present while your little one is teething, but the cause usually is not direct. Fortunately, Drs. Edwin Kim and Jacqueline Lee are happy to help you through the process.

The Teething Process

Babies get their first tooth around six months of age and generally have twenty teeth by the time they are thirty months old. Often, the onset of the new tooth happens a few days before the tooth actually erupts and continues for a few days after. Babies often drool more, which may cause a facial rash as a result of food particles irritating the skin. The gums may also be sensitive and a little inflamed, which can cause some discomfort. However, not all children experience this. The San Pablo dental team understands that this is not exactly the most fun experience for your child! It can help to use a cold teething toy, or in more severe cases, baby-safe numbing pain reliever.

Symptoms not Directly Related to Teething

Drs. Edwin Kim and Jacqueline Lee of San Pablo Dental Care want patients to understand that teething doesn’t generally cause diarrhea or loose stools, excessive crying, very disturbed sleep, a high fever, a loss of appetite for liquids, vomiting, or coughing. However, many children and babies may have them happening concurrently due to them growing, experiencing the world more, and encountering a few germs along the way. Make sure to take your child for proper care if they exhibit symptoms of illness, and make sure to come to your San Pablo dental team for a head start on a beautiful smile for your child.