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While new parents look forward to milestones in their infants' lives, teething can sometimes feel more like a millstone. Here are some common questions about teething - and some common sense solutions.
Quick Facts about Teething
* Baby's first teeth generally arrive between six and eight months. Most children will have all twenty of their primary teeth by the age of three.
* Teeth frequently appear in sets of two: the two lower incisors will generally appear first, followed by the top front incisors. Molars and canines follow.
* Babies vary in their development, so while many children develop teeth around the same time, each child is unique. If you have concerns about your child, consult your pediatrician.
How do I know my baby is teething?
Signs of teething include drooling and loss of appetite, as well as irritability and sleeplessness. It's understandable that babies are fussy while teething; their first teeth must push through the gum tissue, which causes tenderness, soreness and inflamed gums.
How do I ease my baby's teething pain?
There are several things you can do to make teething a little easier.
* Chill a teething ring in the refrigerator for some cooling relief. The temperature will help to numb baby's gums and the counter-pressure helps to alleviate soreness. A wet washcloth can also be soothing.
* To relieve teething pain and discomfort, you might try a topical anesthetic. It works immediately, unlike acetaminophen, which may take up to 30 minutes to relieve pain. Pediatricians often recommend Baby Orajel, which is a safe and effective option.
How much teething medicine is the right amount for my baby?
Are you one of the 60 percent of moms who is not 100 percent sure how much teething medicine is the right amount for your baby's sore gums? You can take the guesswork out of providing the correct amount of pain reliever to your teething baby with Baby Orajel(r) SmartDose(tm) Teething Gel. You simply press the pump once onto a fingertip or cotton swab, and then apply the gel to your baby's sore gums. The pump disperses the right amount of gel every time.
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