This post from the Pediatric Dental Center in Burlington is about your baby’s first teeth.
Early childhood is a time of surprisingly rapid growth. Babies wear newborn-size onesies for about a week. And parents who stock up on small diapers often end up exchanging them for larger sizes.
Though it’s largely hidden from view, there are big changes going on inside of your little one’s mouth. Between 3 and 12 months, your little one’s first tooth appears. Followed by 19 more in their first few years of life. Ouch!
Here are some signs that your youngster is teething:
- More drooling than usual
- Increased irritability
- Ear-rubbing or tugging
- Red cheeks and chin
- Loss of interest in eating
- Restless sleeping
Teething can be aggravating for both the toddler and parents.
How do you ease teething pain for your child?
Think chewy, cold, and safe.
- Teething ring/teething toys (not liquid-filled)
- Cold, wet washcloth
- Cold fruit or vegetable pieces
You can also use acetaminophen or ibuprofen if these techniques don’t ease the pain. Be certain that you follow the dosing instructions on the label. DO NOT give children aspirin. It can cause Reye’s syndrome-a potentially fatal metabolic condition. For the fruits and vegetables, be certain that the pieces are not so small that your child can choke on them.
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