How do I know if my baby is really teething, and how can I help her?

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most babies start to drool a lot and

explore the world by putting everything

in their mouth around three months of

age or so and when babies start to do

this parents just assume that their

babies are teasing because excessive

drooling can be a sign of teething

however in those early days is probably

just been exploring the world a baby can

get their first tooth any time between 4

& 7 months and sometimes it can happen a

little bit earlier and sometimes a

little bit later than that and the first

two T's to show up are usually the

bottom two middle teeth after that the

top to middle teeth usually come in but

those are not hard and fast rules and

sometimes other random teeth show up

before those for most babies at first

tooth comes in around 6 months of age

and after that it just feels like

they're continuously teething because

they'll start to get the symptoms it

will break through sometimes the baby

will show signs of teething but the

truth won't actually erupt you're

waiting for it to eventually come in and

then they usually get their last baby

tooth by around 3 years of age and so it

just feels like one continuous process

for a few years actually the most common

sense is associated with teething or

excessive drooling like I mentioned

before mild irritability sometimes sleep

disturbances and a low-grade fever but

any temperature of 100 point 4 degrees

Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius is

usually a sign of another type of

infection or illness and if your baby is

running a fever call your pediatrician

and after asking you more specific

questions they'll be able to give you

tailored information and advice a lot of

parents have heard that diarrhea and

other symptoms are associated with

teething but there's no research to show

that that's true maybe it's just

coincidence they had other things going

on at the same time that they were

teasing the bottom line is that many

parents write-off symptoms associated

with other illnesses and just think it's

teething and then actually delay

treatment for underlying medical

conditions so if you notice that your

baby is having unusual symptoms and

they're persisting or getting worse call

the doctor and then they'll be able to

decide if anything needs to be done

about it you may also notice when your

baby's teething that there's a swollen


area where the tooth is trying to erupt

and there are things that you can do to

alleviate your baby's discomfort you can

talk with the doctor about

over-the-counter pain relievers that are

appropriate for your baby's age and

weight they'll be able to tell you what

dosage and schedule is appropriate and

you can also wash your hands thoroughly

make sure your nails are trimmed and

gently rub the area that looks red and

swollen and this pressure can offer a

lot of pain relief to your baby this is

another reason why they put everything

in their mouth and won't snot on things

a lot of parents use teething rings for

their babies and that's fine as long as

they're solid avoid the fluid-filled

ones and just make sure that they're

chilled not frozen because that can

actually cause problems too another

suggestion is using a clean washcloth

you can get it wet with cold water

squeeze it out and then while you're

supervising your baby let them just kind

of not on it and that that cold can be

very comforting to them to avoid

teething tablets that have either

belladonna or benzocaine in them because

the FDA has issued warnings against both

of those for complications associated

with them

also avoid amber necklaces that claim to

help with teething symptoms because the

necklace around the baby's neck can

cause strangulation and also the little

pieces can be a choking hazard and so

avoid those things and if you have more

questions about what to do for your

child's feeling symptoms talk with your

pediatrician as for caring for your

baby's teeth as soon as the first ones

are up you can start brushing them with

a soft bristle toothbrush and you can

use fluoride toothpaste use just a smear

or about the size of a grain of rice and

especially do this before you put them

to bed at night avoid giving your baby a

bottle or juice before bed because it

can lead to tooth decay also make your

baby's first appointment with the

dentist around their first birthday this

is a great opportunity for you to ask

the dentist questions about concerns or

observations that you've made and it's

also an opportunity for them to educate

you on proper oral hygiene for your baby

they can also become familiar with the

dentist and have a positive interaction

with them before they might have

negative ones in the future if they have

to actually have a procedure or care

down on their teeth if you have more

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