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Is my Baby Teething?

Is my baby teething?

A baby that is crying and fussing can sometimes leave you confused and frustrated, especially if you are a new parent. If there are no obvious health issues, it might be that your baby is teething.

Most babies have their first tooth between 4 to 7 months old. However, an early developer may get their first tooth at 3 months, whereas a late bloomer may be a year or more.

Signs and symptoms that a baby’s new teeth will be arriving soon:

Constantly rubbing the gums, swollen gums, cranky behaviour (more than usual), drooling excessively, red flushed cheeks or face, refusal to eat or fussy eating and sleeping difficulties.

How long will the pain last?

It really depends at what stage your baby or toddler is at, as multiple teeth could be growing at the same time. The usual time per tooth is around one to seven days.

Can teething cause pain in the ear?

When your young toddler starts tugging on their ear, you may assume that it is a sign of an ear infection. However, it could also mean that they are teething, nerves in the back teeth branch out to the middle ear, so it can feel like the pain is coming from their ear.

Teething Baby

Tips for helping a teething baby

1: Gently rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger or moistened gauze pad. Massaging their gums counters the pressure from the incoming teeth and eases teething pain.

2: A cool washcloth or a fridge chilled teething ring can be soothing to their gums. Chewing on these provides the same effect as massaging the gums.

3: Foods such as cold fruit puree or yoghurt.
You could even give them a “Milksicle”, it is a creative approach to soothing a baby with teething discomfort by turning a mother’s breast milk into a popsicle that they can suck on. This way the baby feels better and it fills up their tummy with all kinds of nutrients at the same time.

4: Rubbing a small amount of teething gel onto the gum (but not before feeding time as the gum becomes numb and your child won’t suck properly)

5: Dry the drool to prevent skin irritation

6: As a final resort with babies who are in a lot of pain you can use an over the counter remedy such as sugar-free paracetamol or ibuprofen (Always follow the correct dosage instructions).

Happy Baby


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If you live on the Sunshine Coast (Noosa) and would like more information about how to care for your young child while they’re teething, or if you have any other questions about their developing oral health, give us a call at “The Dental Junction” or make an appointment today 🙂 …

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