Teething

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What are normal signs of teething?

  • Drooling more than usual
  • Gnawing on hands, toes, toys, etc.
  • Fussiness, irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite

What’s not normal?

If your baby has any of these symptoms while teething and continues to be cranky and uncomfortable, call your pediatrician.

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash

How can I soothe baby’s gums?

Your child may have sore or tender gums when teeth begin to erupt. Try these tips:

  • Massaging gums with a clean finger, small cold spoon, or wet gauze pad might be comforting
  • Using a safe teether, one that is solid plastic and not liquid filled and does not have plastic objects that could break. Also be aware of teethers that could contain lead. This could cause lead poisoning.

Dangerous teething home remedies

  • Do not use benzocaine products (like Orajel or Baby Orajel) on infants. They contain harmful medications for infants and can lead to serious injury or death.
  • Do not use homeopathic teething tablets. FDA labs have found dangerous medications in teething tablets not consistent with what is on the label that can be dangerous for infants and lead to injury or death.

Should I breastfeed during teething?

Continue to breastfeed your infant during teething. Many women get nervous about biting. If your infant does bite, immediately break suction and remove infant from the breast. You can give baby a firm “No” in a calm voice, then resume breastfeeding. Most infants will not continue to bite.

Teething biscuits are a great way to help your baby practice his chewing and eating skills. Baby is ready when taking in solids and eating with his hands!

Source: Mouth Healthy, American Dental Association

This post was last updated on December 16th, 2019 at 3:37 PM

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