Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Is your baby teething?

Teething can be a difficult time for both baby and parents. Usually between 4 to 7 months of age, your baby will begin teething. So some children this process can last up to age 3, allowing time for a set of 20 teeth to erupt (push through the gums).

How will I know when my baby is teething?
A few common signs your baby is teething are:
-Your baby may become very fussy.
-He or she may have trouble falling asleep.
-He or she might not want to eat like normal.
-Your baby might start to drool more than usual.

How can I make my baby more comfortable?
Fussiness, sleeplessness and refusing to eat are all behaviors that can result from sore or tender gums. Try soothing your baby's gums by rubbing them with a clean finger, a moist washrag or gauze pad. Letting your child chew on a clean cool teething ring also may relieve some of the discomfort he or she may be feeling. Only use oral gels if it is proscribed and overseen by your child's health care professional.

When should my start to see the Dentist?
As soon as your baby gets that first tooth or by his or her first birthday you should schedule a well-baby visit. This visit allows your dentist to check for signs of early tooth decay along with her to be able to talk with you about habits and conditions that can affect your baby's teeth. Your dentist also can show you the proper way to brush your child's teeth.

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