Health & Safety
Teething, like other developmental milestones, does not happen at exactly the same time for all babies. However, most parents can expect to see their baby's first tooth between 4 and 7 months of age. If your baby does not have any teeth by his first birthday, you may want to talk with your child's pediatrician. (Premature babies may be a few months behind in getting their teeth.)
Signs and Symptoms
- Drooling ( which can lead to facial rash)
- Fussiness or irritability
- Biting behavior
- Gum swelling and sensitivity
- Refusing food
- Sleep problems
- Loose stools and mild diaper rash
- Low grade fever
What you can do to help…
- Wipe your baby's face gently with a soft cloth to prevent rash.
- Massage gums with a clean finger.
- Give the baby a cold washcloth to bite on.
- Use rubber teething rings-not the liquid filled kind; they may break.
- If you feel your baby is very uncomfortable, check with your pediatrician about giving Infant's Tylenol or Motrin as needed.
- Apply diaper rash ointment or cream to your baby's bottom to help with diaper rash.
How can you tell if it is teething or if your baby is sick?
- Teething rarely causes a fever over 101 degrees.
- Teething drool is clear saliva and does not come from the nose.
- Yellow or green mucus indicates a cold or infection.
- If your child gets progressively sicker and cannot be comforted consult your doctor right away.
- Clean the new teeth twice daily using a washcloth---Do Not use toothpaste for the first year. It may cause your baby to choke because he does not yet know how to rinse and spit.
- Find out if your drinking water has fluoride. If it does not, ask your doctor about fluoride supplements. Fluoride helps strengthen your baby's teeth.
- Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle! The sugars in milk, formula, and fruit juice will rot your baby's teeth.