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. Most toddlers have a full set of 20 teeth by
the time they’re 3 years old.
Some signs your child may be teething
A teething baby may be a little fussy from discomfort.
It’s normal. Teeth are pushing through gums, after all.
The saliva helps soothe inflamed gums.
Wanting to chew on hard things
They’re trying to relieve pressure on the gums.
Having puffy, sore gums around lumps that feel hard
to the touch
Be careful – old wives’ tales say that rubbing liquor on gums can
numb them, but it can be harmful.
Experiencing a slight teething fever
A low-grade fever with teething is common, but a high fever over
101°F and diarrhea are not.*
*If your baby has either one, call your pediatrician.
Some tips for soothing sore gums
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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