The side effects of teething occur as a result of the teething process, which is how a baby's teeth emerge in the mouth. Teething symptoms can appear several days before the tooth erupts. Teeth can first begin to appear when a child is about four months old. Teething causes gum and tooth discomfort, and the side effects typically occur as a result of this discomfort. This can include a rash, a low-grade fever, biting, and drooling.
Teething is the process by which a baby's first teeth emerge beyond the gum line in the mouth. This can be an uncomfortable and painful process for most babies. Teeth begin to appear between the ages of four and ten months, with the average age of first tooth eruption about six months. Symptoms of teething can include biting and chewing, irritability, drooling, and rubbing or pulling at the gums and ears.
The side effects of teething in infants include swelling and inflammation at the site of tooth eruption. Gum inflammation in teething babies occurs due to the movement of teeth beneath the gums. Blisters may appear on the surface of the gums at the site where the tooth will erupt. Some teeth may cause more discomfort when they erupt; the side effects are typically worse when molars are teethed. That's because molar teeth have larger, flatter surface areas than incisors and bicuspids, and can't cut through the gum tissue as efficiently.
Babies are known for being fussy and cranky while teething. Fussiness and irritability symptoms usually come and go throughout the teething process. The baby may not be able to sleep through the night, refuse to eat, and develop a facial rash. Babies may place their hands in their mouths or bite their hands. When molars are erupting, teething babies often rub their cheeks or ears.
Teething can cause babies to develop a low-grade fever of no more than 100.4°F (38°C). Fevers higher than this are generally not a side effect of teething and should be considered a symptom of a more serious medical condition. Babies who exhibit additional physical symptoms, such as diarrhea, cough, runny nose, or a rash that extends beyond the face, are probably suffering from a more serious medical condition than teething. Serious medical conditions in infants are usually accompanied by persistent fussiness and irritability, rather than the intermittent mood changes that accompany teething.