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How to Tell When Your Baby is Teething, and Ways to Ease the Pain!

March 1, 2013

My daughter, Annabelle, got her first teeth at 9 months old!

Taking him from gummy grins to gap-toothed smiles, teething is an important part of your baby’s development. Your baby’s first set of teeth is called his primary teeth, and they usually start to come in at any time between 3 months to 12 months of age, though most infants begin to teethe at around 5 to 6 months. Certain symptoms will tip you off that the process is beginning, and there are ways for you to soothe his achy gums during this time.

Symptoms of teething:

An increase in fussiness. Your baby may experience some discomfort a few days before her teeth break through, and she may let you know with a bit more crying, whimpering, and waking than usual.

A bit more drooling. You didn’t think it was possible, right? While she’s teething, your baby may actually drool more than usual, resulting in soggy shirts and bibs, and possibly a bit of irritation on her lips, cheeks, and chin.

Occasional nipping and gnawing. Because pressure relieves a bit of teething discomfort, your baby may occasional gum at her bottle, your nipple, or toys and other objects.

Relief of pain and discomfort:

Cold pressure will help ease your baby’s teething pain. Rubbing or applying light pressure to his gums with a cold teething ring or a wet washcloth may be of some relief.

A mild pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, directed for use in infants, can calm your baby’s pain and help him get some rest.

Provide him with firm toys with no sharp angles that he can safely chew on, especially when out in the stroller or in the carseat, when you can’t directly administer to his aching gums.

While uncomfortable for many babies, teething is a natural part of every baby’s development. Don’t panic if your baby has a week or two of disrupted sleep or crankiness, as this will eventually pass. And the result with be an adorable, uneven smile that means your baby is growing up!

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