What Does a Teething Cough Sound Like?
Teeth are very sensitive to pressure. If they feel too much pressure, it could cause tooth decay or even fracture. A child’s body may not be able to handle the stress. This is why a normal baby cough sounds different than one with teething problems. Sometimes, there will be no signs at all until later in life when teeth begin to erupt and the mouth becomes more susceptible to infection.
If your baby starts coughing up blood, then something is wrong. The most common sign of a problem is bleeding gums. Bleeding gums indicate that the gums have been damaged by a foreign object such as a piece of broken glass or even a sharp object.
There are other possible causes of bleeding gums, but if the child begins to bleed excessively and stops eating or drinking, then medical attention should be sought immediately.
How Do You Know What Causes a Teething Cough?
The first thing to do is to check for any foreign objects in the mouth. If you notice any foreign objects, then call 911 right away. Another way to determine whether your child has suffered damage is by looking at the gums. Gums that look red or bruised are usually damaged and need immediate medical attention. If you have done a thorough check and see no signs of trauma, then the problem might be due to a blocked nose.
Why Does a Teething Cough Cause Congestion?
A baby’s body is still developing its natural defenses against infection. If the nose is congested, it might aggravate the gums and cause them to bleed. The coughing that follows will release blood and pus into the throat and mouth. Eventually, it can lead to vomiting. In most cases, babies start to feel better once the congestion clears up.
If you notice a fever, then your child probably needs antibiotics. If you can visibly see that the gums are swollen and red, then apply some topical ointment to reduce the swelling and alleviate the pain. Applying cool compresses can also help alleviate the irritation and pain caused by the swollen gums.
What Are Other Symptoms That Might Accompany a Teething Cough?
Besides congestion and fever, some babies may also display other symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting or an increased appetite. If your baby displays any of these symptoms, then call the doctor right away.
How Do You Stop a Teething Cough?
Normally, a teething cough gets better on its own. The best thing to do is to keep your baby hydrated and make sure he or she eats nutritious foods rich in vitamins and minerals. A mixture of honey and lemon can also alleviate the pain caused by teething. To relieve pain, you can also gently rub some topical analgesic on the gums. If all else fails, then call your doctor and ask for advice.
How Long Does a Teething Cough Last?
A cough caused by teething should start to get better within a day or two. If it persists for more than that, you should seek medical help as soon as possible.
Can a Teething Cough Be Prevented?
There is no sure way to prevent a cough caused by teething. However, it is a good idea to make sure your child consumes nutritious foods and drinks plenty of fluids. If the cough persists or you see any other symptoms, seek medical help right away.
Teething can be a trying time for both babies and parents. Just remember that teething, while uncomfortable, is a natural part of a baby’s development. With these tips, you can make the process a little easier to handle.
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