Teething usually starts at five to six months of age and may give your baby sore gums. He or she may be cranky, lose his/her appetite, have red cheeks, swollen gums, want to chew on things and may drool more. Teething does not cause high fever, runny nose, or severe diarrhea.
The following tips can help you avoid tenderness and pain during teething:
Keep baby’s mouth clean by wiping with a clean washcloth.
Rub baby’s gums with your clean finger or a chilled teaspoon.
Give baby a teething ring that is safe (no rips or tears) or a clean, damp face cloth to chew.
Apply a light layer of lanolin around mouth to avoid rashes from drooling.
Use an infant dose of acetaminophen as directed by your doctor or dentist.
Use caution with teething gels or ointments. They can numb a baby’s throat and could cause an allergic reaction.
Bring your child to visit a dental team by age one. Your doctor and dentist should examine your baby’s mouth to check for normal growth, development and provide advice.
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