Here are the (possible) signs:
- chewing on fingers (also a sign that your baby has found his hands)
- putting everything in the mouth (also how a baby first explores the world around him)
- fever (note that infant temperatures tend to vary between 98-100.4 and fevers also fight off illnesses)
- rash (note that babies have sensitive skin and are prone to diaper rashes)
- pulling on ears (also a sign of an ear infection and note that babies get excited about finding new body parts and like to play with them)
- night wakings (ummm, do babies not typically wake up at night?)
- eating less frequently (also a sign that he is growing and is able to go longer between feedings)
- diarrhea (I still haven't figured out how you can tell with this one. The range of acceptably normal dirty diapers is pretty wide.)
- red cheeks (also a sign that your baby is hot and note that some babies just have rosie cheeks)
- drooling (note that if you're exploring through your mouth, you're probably going to drool)
Naturally there are more signs, but those are the ones I've heard most frequently. And guess what? My baby has shown almost all of those within the past 2.5 months and it wasn't until yesterday I finally felt a tooth break through! Were those signs actual indicators? Who knows. But I couldn't be prouder of my nearly 6 month old son and his new tooth. =)
|Barker's budding first tooth (trust me, it's there)|
If you're in the limbo area of is it or isn't it a sign take comfort in this: "he's teething" is a wonderful catchall excuse for any "less than proper" behavior and no one can really prove you wrong.
Good Luck Mommies!
For real information on teething here are some sources: What to Expect Parent's Magazine