Drooling and chewing are the most likely symptoms of teething. Once your baby displays these then consider them to be the start of the teething process which can be a long, drawn out affair.

Is drooling the worst part of teething? Many parents certainly see it as one of the most undesirable aspects of teething which links it with an upset stomach and diarrhoea.

Many babies develop what is known as ‘drool rash’ in which they get a rash around their mouth and other areas of their face which is due to an overflow of drool onto the face. In some cases an excess amount of drool can cause a blockage in the throat which causes a baby to gag and choke.

Other physical symptoms include slight fever, red cheeks, runny nose and a cough. An upset stomach and diarrhoea is not uncommon as is nappy rash or a lack of appetite.

What you do need to be aware of is that these signs might be a sign that your baby has picked up an infection which is not uncommon. Babies are prone to diseases and infections which are due to the fact that their immune systems are not as strong or fully developed as an adult’s is. This means that they are not as effective as fighting off an illness or infection.

But what tends to happen is their immune system develops and become stronger each time they pick up an illness which helps to build immunity.

Teething symptoms vary between babies: some babies will have a thoroughly miserable time whereas others will sail through without too much trouble.

All parents can do is mop up the excess drool and provide a few extra cuddles. Babies who are teething become fretful and restless and require more attention during this developmental stage.