Teething is a part of life for babies. Primary teeth usually appear when the baby is 6 months to a year old. The baby can be fussy, irritated, lose apatite, or drool more than usual. To ease the irritation of teething, you can rub the gums with a clean finger, cool spoon, or wet gauze. Clean teething rings can also help ease the discomfort. A mild fever lasting a couple days is fairly normal when a baby is teething; however, if their temperature continues to rise or they have diarrhea, contact your physician.
After teeth start to appear, brush them with a child’s toothbrush using no more toothpaste than a grain of rice. You should also start finding a dentist to get them used to an office. This may just be a quick look to assure teeth are clean and problem free.
Teething can be a stressful time for babies as well as parents, but there are a few things you can do to help ease this transition period. So stay calm and contact your dentist if needed. For more info suggested by the ADA, 2min2x.org is great resource.
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