Version 2Q: Teething bites!  Just ask any new parent.  So what is normal and what should you do?

A:  While newborns usually do not have any teeth, their little chompers are already developing under the gums.  Around 4-7 months, babies will begin to “cut” their first tooth.  However, don’t be surprised if your little guy is still missing that first tooth by his or her first birthday.

Their little gums often become sore when teeth begin to erupt. Gently rubbing the gums with a clean finger, a small cool spoon, or a moist towel can ease the pain.  A clean teething ring to chew on may also help.  Unfortunately, many babies may also become fussy, sleepless and irritable, lose their appetite or drool more than usual.  Contrary to common belief, diarrhea, rashes and a fever are not normal symptoms of teething.

 

Here are some other fun tidbits:

–   Do NOT use Baby Orajel  (Benzocaine) for children under 2

  • Children should be seen by a dentist 6 months after their first tooth or by age 1
  • Begin brushing teeth once they erupt into the mouth
  • How much toothpaste? Less can often be more!
    • under 3yrs = size or a grain of rice
    • 3-6 yrs = size of a pea

For more information on teething, baby teeth, your child’s dental needs, or to schedule their first appointment, call 751-7177.

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