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Teething

About Teething:

There is some minor discomfort associated with teething, and some of the symptoms you will see include grouchiness or fussiness, sore or inflamed gums, excessive drooling, loss of appetite, a change in eating habits or difficulty in sleeping. These should not cause alarm and are to be expected. However, if your baby experiences other problems during the teething process such as rash, fever or vomiting, something else may be wrong. Consult with your pediatrician in those cases, and do not make the assumption it is due to teething.

The best thing to do to aid discomfort is to clean your baby’s mouth with a damp gauze pad two or three times daily, and giving your baby a cool teething ring to chew on.

CARING FOR YOUR BABY’S TEETH

Good dental habits begin early, and by caring for your baby’s mouth and teeth as early as you can, you will help baby develop good dental habits.

You should actually begin cleaning your baby’s mouth with the first day of life. Wipe out the mouth with a damp gauze pad wrapped around your finger or a damp washcloth gently and massage the gums pads after each feeding and before bedtime. Hold your baby so that their head rests comfortably in your lap, this will aid stability and provide better visibility.

Begin cleaning baby’s first teeth as soon as they appear through the gum. Continue to use a gauze wrapped finger or you may use a very soft bristled child-sized toothbrush. At this point in their life, it is not necessary to use toothpaste. Sometime after the first tooth comes in, and preferably not later than 1 year old, you should schedule your child for their first dental visit.

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