When you bring your new bundle of joy into the world, all you can think about is how precious she is and how lucky you are to have her. Then, one day the crankiness starts, and you wonder what happened to your little angel. Thumbing through parenting books reveals that since she is about six months old, it is about time for teething to start and you wonder if that is what is causing your sweetie to fuss so persistently. Checking for tooth buds can give you the information you need.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. The last thing you want to do is put germy hands into your baby's mouth and cause him to get sick on top of his crankiness.
Tickle your baby's chin or cheeks to get her to open her mouth so that you can see inside of it. If she will not open her mouth, try using a bit of breastmilk, formula or baby food on your finger in order to entice her to open her mouth.
Look inside of your baby's mouth to see if you can see any white teeth beginning to poke through the gums. Use a dental mirror to help you see the back of her mouth.
When you see a white area that looks like a tooth, gently slide your pinky finger into her mouth to see if it feels hard to the touch. If it feels hard to the touch and is on her gums, it is likely a tooth bud. If you find anything you are unsure about, be sure to ask your family doctor or pediatrician.
Try making funny faces at your child to get him to laugh while you are checking his mouth. When he is laughing with his mouth wide open, it is a lot easier to look for tooth buds.
Always consult your baby's doctor with any medical concerns or questions you have. Any drastic change in your child's behavior should be evaluated by her physician.