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Welcoming Your Baby’s First Tooth

Some signs your child may be 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 he/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. Last, never tie a teething ring around your baby’s neck for easy access.

Keep your baby comfortable

Try a pain medicine containing acetaminophen – such as Infants’ TYLENOL® – to ease pain from teething and fever if your baby is uncomfortable.

If you have any questions, talk to your pediatrician.

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