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Monday, May 5, 2008


Waking in the middle of the night?
Excessive Drooling?
Red, swollen gums?

Your baby may be teething. Babies generally (but not ALL babies, and it's okay if yours isn't) begin teething between 5 to 8 months. If you look closely at the outside of the gums, you can sometimes see a bit of white before the tooth ever pokes through. Sometimes.

Also, in addition to the symptoms above, some babies even experience runny noses (clear) and a very slight fever (not over 99 degrees, usually). If these symptoms show up, be sure to keep tabs on the fever, and if you are ever in doubt, it's always safest to see your pediatrician.

But, what can you do to help your little one feel better?

Try offering baby a cold teething wring or frozen wet washcloth (you can tie a know in one end for them to chew on). You can also try offering baby cool water in a sippy cup or bottle.

Massage their gums with a clean finger (gently but firmly).

Try a topical pain reliever, or ask your pediatrician about using baby Tylenol or Ibuprofen (if they are 6 months or older).

Distraction. Offer baby toys and play their favorite games with them.

And last, comfort your little one. Warm baths, cuddles, and hugs can work wonders on anyone!

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