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Babies Teething Problems

Updated on July 27, 2009

Babies Teething Problems

When your baby begins to chew on everything in sight and starts drooling, it is a good guess the difficult teething months have officially begun. Teeth begin to push through the gums when your baby is about six months old. This process can make the gums red and sensitive, and some babies will be fussy and irritable with every tooth that erupts. (Other babies, however, sail through the process with scarcely a whimper.) The process continues with every erupting teeth until all 20 teeth come through, at about age 2 ½ .


o   Chewing

o   Fussing

o   Drooling

o   Crying

o   Red, swollen gums

What you can do:

o   If you are able to, try to massage your child’s gums either with or without a piece of ice.

o   Allow them to chew on a cold teething ring, ice lollie or a piece of ice wrapped in cloth.

o   Use topical local anesthetics or teeth balm to reduce teething pain.

o   Paracetamol may be given for a few days to help make them more comfortable but try not to use it long term.

o   If your child refuses food try to give him cold, smooth foods, e.g. yoghurt, ice cream or jelly.

Generally, teething children do not show symptoms of bronchitis, diarrhea, fever, diaper rash, seizures (fits) and vomiting. If your child shows any of these signs then you should take him to the doctor.



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