Beginning at four or seven months, a baby's teeth start growing and pushing through the gums. This process, known as teething, is normal for all children and typically lasts until the age of two. Health Day News discusses some of the problems to expect with teething, and offers ways you can help your child through it.
"Teething is a milestone that all babies go through, and it often brings discomfort and pain," explains the source. "The gums become swollen and tender as the teeth push toward the surface. A slight elevation in temperature is also common during teething."
However, if your child's temperature goes above 100.4 degrees, you should seek medical help. Diarrhea and vomiting are other symptoms of teething.
How can I help my child with teething?
The best approach to helping your child is to give them something to chew on, such as a firm teething ring or unsweetened teething cracker. You should not use frozen teething rings, topical pain relievers or numbing agents.
If your child's pain cannot be eased and is worsening, you should schedule an appointment with a pediatrician. Your doctor may suggest an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. It's also important that you maintain a consistent sleep schedule for your baby while they're teething.
By following this advice, you can limit the discomfort your child experiences during teething. Part of a good dental routine involves seeing a dentist and orthodontist regularly. The American Association of Orthodontists (ADA) recommends that your child has an orthodontic appointment before their seventh birthday.
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