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Alleviating Teething Discomfort

December 13, 2016

Under your baby’s gum line are 20 primary teeth, which are also called “baby teeth.” These teeth usually start to break through the gums when he or she is between 6 and 12 months old. The teething process is uncomfortable, so your baby may be irritable during the day and have sleepless nights. hard time sleeping at night. Our pediatric dentists are happy to give tips about teething in Harker Heights, TX.

Teething Symptoms
Because teething is uncomfortable, babies often cry or fuss in the days or weeks before each tooth breaks through. Other teething symptoms include:

– Drooling
– Swollen gums
– Temperature that is slightly higher than normal
– Trouble sleeping
– Loss of appetite

If your baby has any of the following symptoms while teething, please call your pediatrician:

– Fever
– Diarrhea
– Rash

Soothing Your Teething Baby
To soothe your child’s tender, sore gums, gently rub their gums. You can use a clean finger, a cool spoon, or a moist gauze pad. A teething ring or a pacifier can also help. Avoid teething rings that have liquid inside that could break open. If your child is having a particularly hard time with the teething process, your pediatrician may suggest that you give your baby Tylenol occasionally for the pain.

We welcome you to contact Killeen Children’s Dental Center today to learn more and to schedule your child’s next appointment with our pediatric dentists.

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