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Baby Teething Tips for Parents

July 28, 2022 10:24 pm

The American Dental Association recommends that parents bring their children in for their first dental visit when they turn one or when their first tooth grows in, whichever happens first. So once your child’s teeth begin coming in, we recommend scheduling their first visit at Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics!

While teething is an important milestone in a child’s development, it’s not an easy or fun process. At various ages when more baby teeth start erupting from their gums, your otherwise pleasant baby may have bouts of unusual fussiness and exhibit signs of discomfort.

Is My Baby’s Fussiness Because of Teething or Something Else?

Babies can’t explain their symptoms and feelings, so it’s up to parents to determine what is bothering their child and what they need to feel better. If your baby is showing a combination of the following, they may be teething:

  • Waking up more than usual
  • Pulling on their ears
  • Crying and biting
  • Drooling, red cheeks, and face rashes
  • Refusing food

Home Remedies for Teething

While teething may be a tough time for your kiddo, there are a few home remedies you can try to ease their discomfort and take their mind off of their sore gums. Common home remedies for teething include:

  • Eating cold foods
  • Chewing on refrigerated teething toys
  • Sucking on chilled fruits and veggies in a mesh feeder
  • Drinking cold water or milk
  • Gnawing on a baby toothbrush or teething ring
  • Running a cool washcloth over gums
  • Going outside and/or playing with different toys

When to Contact Their Healthcare Provider

While some changes in mood and general behavior can be normal for a teething child, abnormal changes like lethargy, fever, diarrhea, a runny nose, red eyes, and body rashes are not. These should be assessed by a medical professional.

For any dental-related concerns, our team here at Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is available and happy to assist your children. Please contact our office today to schedule your child’s next dental visit!

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