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Sep 02

Learn How To Help A Teething Baby

How To Help A Teething Baby (courtesy of About.com)

Hi! I’m Kathy Moore, for About.com. When your baby starts leaving a puddle of drool on your shoulder, you’re in for yet another developmental milestone – teething! This program will explain what to expect when teething begins, and how to ease your baby’s pain.

Teething is simply the emergence of your baby’s first teeth. This process can begin as early as 3 months, but somewhere between 4 and 7 months is average.

The first teeth to appear are usually the bottom 2 teeth. Months later, the top teeth follow. At the start of this process, you’ll notice your child is drooling more, and wants to chew on everything. Your baby’s gums may become tender and maybe swell. A fever could occur, as well as diarrhea. But, usually, these symptoms are due to something else besides teething. Ear rubbing is also common.

For some babies, teething creates periods of irritability, with disruptions in their sleeping and eating patterns. To help our baby during this process, wipe her face frequently to keep the drool from developing a rash on her face.

Give your baby something to chew on! This could be a wet washcloth, a teething ring or a rubber toy. Just be sure that you can’t swallow it, and that it can’t break into pieces. If you use a chilled teething ring, place it in the refrigerator, not the freezer. Let your baby chew on your clean finger, or, gently rub your baby’s gums.

If your baby seems very irritable, children’s pain reliever may help, but always check with your doctor first, before giving your baby any medicine.

Once your baby’s teeth do appear, you can clean them with gauze or a child’s soft toothbrush.

Helping your baby through this stage will create a smile that will melt your heart for years! Thanks for watching! Visit us on the web, at About.com.

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