Oh, the drool, the gumming on just about everything. We know it well. Teething is one of those special (but sometimes tricky to navigate) milestones that can mystify all new moms. Luckily, there are some easy ways to help soothe your little one throughout the process.
When you can expect your baby’s first tooth
Most babies usually get their first tooth between 4 and 7 months, but every baby is different. A few may not even get their first tooth until after their first birthday, but there’s no need to worry about timing. Most toddlers have a full set of 20 teeth by the time they’re three years old.
Some signs your child may be teething
He or she may be:
• Acting a little cranky
• Wanting to chew on hard things
• Having puffy, sore gums around lumps that feel hard to the touch
• Experiencing a slight fever
A high fever (over 101°F) and diarrhea are not caused by teething. If your baby has either one, call your pediatrician.
Some tips for soothing sore gums
• Pressure works
Gently rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger or offer a teething ring/ pacifier made of firm rubber.
• Keep things cool
Chill a teething ring, pacifier or wet washcloth – but don’t fully freeze it. Anything too hard can damage your child’s delicate gums. You can also give your child cool, soft foods like applesauce or yogurt if she is eating solids.
• What to avoid
Avoid rub-on teething gels or liquids for babies less than 2 years old. Many contain benzocaine, an ingredient that can cause dangerous side effects in young babies. Stay away from liquid-filled teething rings as they may burst. Old wives’ tales may say that rubbing a little liquor on gums can numb them, but it’s harmful for babies. Last, never tie a teething ring around your baby’s neck for easy access. Use common sense and you both will be fine!
Keep your baby comfortable
Try a pain medicine containing acetaminophen – such as Infants’ TYLENOL®– to ease teething pain if your baby is uncomfortable.
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Keep track of your child’s information and medication with Kids’ Wellness Tracker app. It’s free – and it’s an easy way to always have your child’s health history at your fingertips.