What to expect during teething

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

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Your little one is starting to develop those pearly whites—unfortunately, it can hurt as they’re coming down, which means baby will be cranky and hard to console! For today’s blog, we’re going to cover what you can expect—and what you should do—when your toddler starts to teeth.

-Typically, the teething process starts around the age of six months. The front bottom teeth appear first, followed by the top two.

-If your child is drooling excessively, chewing on solid objects or is unusually cranky, he or she may be teething. Your baby’s gums will also be very sore and tender at this time.

-Contrary to popular belief, teething does not cause fever and diarrhea. While it may cause issues with the mouth and gums, it does not impact the digestive tract.

-Coolness can really help ease a teething child’s gums. Run a washcloth or spoon under cold water and let your child chew on them, or stick a teething ring in the freezer for a while before giving it to the child.

-Applying pressure can give some relief. Take a damp piece of gauze and press or rub it against your child’s gums.

-Always have a clean cloth or baby wipe handy during the teething process. Use them to clean the drool off your child’s face. The excessive drool can cause skin irritation, so it’s good to keep your child dry. Have moisturizer available as well and apply it if your child’s skin gets too irritated.

-If your child seems like he or she is in a lot of pain, give him or her some ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

-Throughout the teething process, regularly clean the gums with a clean, damp washcloth to keep bacteria from building up. When those pearly whites finally show up, clean them with a small, soft-bristled brush.

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