What to Do When Your Child Is Teething
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Teething is natural for babies, but it can also prove to be problematic at times.

When Will My Child Begin to Teethe?

Usually the two lower front teeth (central incisors) come in at about six months of age, followed shortly by the two upper central incisors. During the next 18 to 24 months, the rest of the baby teeth appear, although not in orderly sequence from front to back. All of these 20 primary teeth should be present at two to three years of age.

Signs of teething, in addition to fussiness, are drooling and the urge to mouth objects. A temperature of less than 100 degrees is considered normal while teething, but if your child has a fever while teething, call your physician.

What Can I Do to Help Ease Their Pain?

The discomfort of teeth coming into the mouth can cause your baby to become irritable. You can ease some of the discomfort by lightly rubbing the baby's gums with a clean finger or a wet gauze pad. A cool teething ring can also help to soothe your baby's tender gums. Another method is to allow them to chew on a teething biscuit or a piece of toast. You an also try teething medications that can be rubbed on the gums. These medications are available in pharmacies.

When the first teeth appear, begin using a children's soft-bristle toothbrush to clean them on a daily basis. Giving your baby regular oral cleanings after each meal helps to instill good dental health habits early in life.

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