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Teething Guide for New Parents

3 teething babies in their diapers smile as they play together on the floor with toys

Teething can be both an exciting and stressful dental milestone. While it’s amazing that your baby is growing and developing, it’s hard to see your child in pain during periods of teething. Below are some tips to help you through this process.

Common Signs of Teething

It can sometimes be confusing for parents when their happy baby is suddenly unusually sad and seemingly uncomfortable! Teething discomfort for your baby can begin well before their first tooth is visible, which typically happens between 6 months to 12 months old. Common signs that one or more baby teeth are beginning to erupt through their tenders include:

  • Waking up more than usual
  • Pulling on their ears
  • Crying and biting
  • Drooling
  • Refusing food
  • Irritability and fussiness

Home Remedies for a Teething Baby

While teething can be a tough time for both parents and babies alike, there are a few home remedies that can help relieve your baby’s discomfort:

  • Cold milk and purees
  • Refrigerated teething toys
  • Chilled fruits and/or veggies in a silicone or mesh feeder
  • Variety of different toys to distract them
  • Baby toothbrush for chewing
  • Chilled damp washcloth

When to See Your Child’s Healthcare Provider

You know your child better than anyone so if you believe that your child’s symptoms indicate that something else is going on, we recommend contacting their pediatrician. While general fussiness is normal for teething babies, symptoms like lethargy, fever, coughing, rashes, diarrhea, vomiting, and/or a runny nose indicate a different health concern.

Once your child gets their first tooth or around their first birthday, we recommend scheduling their first dental checkup with our team at CarolinasDentist so we can assess their teeth and gums. At this appointment, we can answer any questions you may have about your child’s dental health and how to care for your child’s growing smile. Please contact us today to schedule your child’s first visit! We look forward to hearing from you.

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