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What To Do When Your Child Is Teething

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Eventually your baby will start teething, although an uncomfortable period for you and your baby, it’s necessary and natural. The best thing you can do for your baby is to know how to ease some of the discomfort and to be able to detect when there’s a problem.

Teething will start when your baby begins growing their primary set of teeth. At six months the lower front teeth (central incisors) will come in, followed shortly by the upper central incisors. During the next 18 to 24 months, the rest of the teeth will appear, however not in an orderly sequence from front to back. By two or three years of age your baby should have all the 20 primary teeth.

In these initial stages your baby will experience teething. You’ll notice your baby will be irritable and fussy. Drooling and the urge to mouth objects are also common symptoms. A temperature of less than 37 degrees Celsius is considered normal while teething, but if your child has a fever while teething, call your physician.

You can ease your baby’s discomfort by lightly rubbing their gums with your finger or a wet gauze pad. Cool teething rings or teething biscuits are also available to ease tenderness. There are also teething medications that can be rubbed on the gums.

In order to start good habits and begin a long life of good oral care, begin brushing your baby’s teeth daily as soon as the first teeth appear with a children’s soft bristle toothbrush.

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