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How to Provide Relief When Your Baby is Teething

Jun 26, 2014 - 11:06 AM EST |  Posted under: Dental Tips, General, Pediatric Dentistry

Teething occurs when your baby’s first set of teeth attempt to break through gum tissue. It will probably start when your baby is about six months old, but it could begin sooner or later. Some babies seem to be relatively unaffected by teething, but others show distinct symptoms.

Teething Signs and Symptoms

Before a tooth erupts, the gum tissue around it may become temporarily sore and swollen, and these teething symptoms are likely to continue until the teeth erupt fully. During the process, your baby might be fussier than usual. You may notice that he is biting on his fingers or toys. This action can help relieve the pressure sensation felt in his gums. If his mouth hurts, your baby may not want to eat or drink. Drooling is also a common sign, and this can produce a rash on the chin, chest, or face. Mild symptoms are no cause for alarm, but you should consult your doctor if they are severe or don’t improve.

Tips for Baby Teething Relief

You can help provide baby teething relief in several ways. A pediatric dentist may recommend rubbing your baby’s gums gently for about two minutes. A cold spoon may also help. Supply teething rings and soft, safe objects your baby can chew on. Over-the-counter pain relievers can ease the discomfort, but be sure to read and follow directions carefully. Never give aspirin to your baby, or place it on his gums. Aspirin is linked to a rare but serious disease called Reye’s syndrome. Other teething remedies include gel products that are rubbed onto the gums, but experts question their safety and value. If your baby develops a fever or diarrhea, see your pediatrician; these symptoms are not normal. Once your baby’s teeth break through his gums, start brushing them with a soft toothbrush designed for infants. When your baby is one year old, make an appointment with a pediatric dentist to get a head start on great oral health.

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