How To Know If Your Child Is Teething

What are the symptoms for a teething child?

This is an all too common question for new moms and dads.  When your baby starts crying without warning, it can be heartbreaking and just a tad worrisome too.  So, how do you know if your baby is crying because she’s teething?

What age do babies start teething?

The average age for a child to begin teething is 6 months; however, in rare cases, some children will begin teething sooner.  In fact, some have even been born with teeth already protruding.  Ouch!

Common symptoms of teething:

  • Fussiness
  • Excessive or constant chewing or sucking
  • Low grade fever
  • Earache pain (without an ear infection)
  • Refusal to eat
  • Excess drooling
  • Diarrhea

Various avenues of pain relief

  • Frozen teething toys or ice wrapped in a cloth
  • Infant Tylenol and/or Motrin
  • Teething gel

List of Major Holidays

National (American) Holidays
New Years Day – January 1
Martin Luther King Day – third Monday in January
President’s Day – third Monday in February
Memorial Day – last Monday in May
Independence Day – July 4
Labor Day – first Monday in September
Columbus Day – second Monday in October
Veterans Day – November 11
Thanksgiving – fourth Thursday in November
Christmas – December 25

Ethnic, Cultural and Religious American Holidays
Chinese New Year – winter, date varies
Groundhog Day – February 2
Valentine’s Day – February 14
Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday – late winter, date varies
St. Patrick’s Day – March 17
April Fool’s Day – April 1
Earth Day – April 22
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – May
Easter – Spring Sunday, date varies
Cinco de Mayo – May 5
Mother’s Day – second Sunday in May
Flag Day – June 14
Father’s Day – third Sunday in June
Oktoberfest – late September to early October
Rosh Hashanah – depends on Hebrew calendar
Leif Erikson Day – October 9
Halloween – October 31
Sadie Hawkins Day – Saturday that follows November 9
Kwanzaa – December 26 – January 1
Yom Kippur – depends on Hebrew calendar

Lesser Known (but lots of fun) Holidays
National Hat Day – January 15
Backwards Day – January 31
Fairy Tale Day – February 26
Mother Goose Day – May 1
Ice Cream Day – July 20
Teddy Bear Day – September 9
Johnny Appleseed Day – September 26
International Games Day – November 16
Mitten Tree Day – December 6