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Author: Dr. Tontra Lowe

How do you know if your baby is actually teething? What signs should you watch for? If your baby is teething, what can you do for your little one? How can you, as their parent and guardian, help them with this painful process? Here are a few ideas on how to you can recognize and help a teething child.

A baby may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms if they’re teething: swollen gums with a visible lump, profuse drooling, constant rubbing of face or eyes, refusing food, a fussy or cranky attitude, an inability to sleep or restlessness during usual sleeping times, and a need to chew on solid items.

If your little one is showing any of these, they could be teething—but what can you do? Fortunately there are many remedies for soothing little one’s teething pains. Over the counter pain relief medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can be used. Numbing compounds such as benzocaine (a topical gel) can also be helpful.

Other solutions include teething soothers such as a refrigerated baby teething ring applying pressure to your child’s gums with a washed finger. You see, biting down on a teething tool helps to break down gum tissue, making it much easier for the tooth to break through. However, please try to stay away from hard or frozen food as they can be a choking hazard.

If you do have a teething baby and have any more questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call. Our dentist, Dr. Tontra Lowe, DDS, and our team are here to help. Just call Awesome Smiles Dental Center at 571-261-2600 or visit our practice to schedule an appointment.nt today.