What Is Teething

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What are symptoms of teething?

For most parents teething symptoms are a lot of crying and whining. Your baby is teething when his or her first set of baby teeth, called the primary teeth, break through the gums and you can see or feel them.

When does teething typically start or babies?

Teething usually begins around 6 months of age, but it it also typical for teething to start between 3 months and 12 months of age. By the time your baby is about 3 years old, he or she will have all 20 primary teeth.The lower front teeth usually come in first in the baby's mouth. Upper front teeth usually come in 1 to 2 months after the lower baby front teeth.

What are the signs of teething?

Some babies are fussier than usual when they are teething. This may be because of soreness and swelling in the gums before a tooth comes through. These symptoms usually begin about 3 to 5 days before the tooth shows, and they disappear as soon as the tooth breaks the skin. Many babies don't seem to be affected by teething.

Babies may bite on their fingers ( or your fingers) or toys to help relieve the pressure in their mouths. They may also not want to eat and nurse because their mouths hurt. Many babies drool during teething, which can cause a rash on the chin, face, chest or other parts of their body. These are mild symptoms that get better usually are nothing to stress about. Call your pediatrician if your baby's symptoms are severe or don't get better.

How can you help your baby have minimal discomfort while teething?

Here are some tips to help your baby feel more comfortable while teething: Give your baby a mild pain reliever that is labeled for his or her specific age. For example, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help relieve your baby's discomfort. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 because it has been linked to a sickness called Reye syndrome, a rare but grave disease.Use a clean finger to gently rub your baby's gum for about 2 minutes at a time.

Many babies find this soothing, although they may protest at first.Provide safe objects for your baby to suck on, such as teething rings or pacifiers.

Many parents use other teething remedies, such as soothing gels you put on a baby's gums. Many health experts question if these work and are safe. If you want to try these products, talk to your doctor about which types are safe and how often to use them.

Primary teeth are usually known as “baby teeth.” Usually, the first primary tooth comes in (erupts) at about 6 months of age, although it can be as early as 3 months or as late as 1 year of age. In rare cases, a baby gets a first tooth after his or her first birthday. By age 3, most children have all 20 of their primary teeth.

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