How to Help Your Baby Get through the Process of Teething

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Most babies get their first tooth between the ages of about 5 and 12 months. Before your baby gets a tooth, he or she may begin drooling more and putting fingers in his or her mouth. These are common signs that the first tooth is coming.

What Are Normal Symptoms of Teething?

Babies often get cranky and have a fever around the same time that they begin teething. Parents often believe this is just a normal part of the teething process, but it might be caused by something else. A temperature over 101 degrees Fahrenheit is probably caused by an unrelated infection, not teething. Other symptoms, such as a rash, vomiting, cough, decreased appetite, excessive sleeping, and extreme irritability, may be associated with another medical condition unrelated to teething. You should take your baby to the pediatrician if he or she experiences any of these symptoms.

How to Relieve Your Baby’s Pain

You may be able to reduce the pain of teething by massaging your baby’s gums with a finger or by giving your baby a cold, damp washcloth to chew. Many babies get relief by chewing on a chilled teething ring. You can also give your baby children’s acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Talk to your pediatrician first and always follow the dosing guidelines. Never use any type of alcohol, even topically, to relieve your baby’s pain. Do not use clove oil because it can burn the gums and skin.

Babies often seem to be in more pain at night. This may not be because the pain is necessarily worse at that time, but it could be because your baby is tired and is not distracted by playing.

How to Prevent a Rash Caused by Drooling

If your baby drools a lot while teething, he or she may develop a rash because saliva can cause the skin around the mouth and on the chin to become irritated. You can put some Vaseline around your baby’s mouth to reduce the amount of contact between the skin and saliva. Pat your baby’s chin gently to remove saliva. Rubbing it off could cause more irritation.

How to Take Care of Your Baby’s New Teeth

Once your baby begins to get teeth, you should start brushing them with an infant toothbrush. You should take your child to a pediatric dentist for an initial exam when the first tooth erupts or by the first birthday. If your baby has begun teething and is due for an exam, schedule an appointment at CT Pediatric Dentistry. We can give you advice on ways to help your baby with the teething process and how to keep your baby’s new teeth healthy. Schedule an appointment today.

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