Teething is an age old term for what occurs when babies first teeth begin to grow and break through the tender skin on their gums. Teething is usually somewhat painful for baby, but there are things that you can do to help ease the pain and speed up the process just a little. Your baby will begin to chew on everything. This will not onl make yo babies gums feel better, but it will help to speed up the entire teething process.

In most cases babies begin teething between 3 and 6 months. It is fairly easy to know when your baby is teething. Teething normally begins about a week before the tooth actually punctures the skin and stops as soon as the tooth is completely through the skin. Some of the signs and symptoms of teething to look for are listed below:

Drooling excessively
Chewing on fingers, toys, blankets, pacifiers, pretty much nothing is off limits
Baby won’t want to drink (this is because of the pain) Don’t worry it is natural
Baby may have a little rash around the mouth area
Low grade fever, Babies often run a low fever when they are teething

There are quite a few things that you can do to help your baby with the pain caused by teething. Some of those home ideas are listed below:

Rub baby’s gums gently with your finger
Give baby a cold wet wash cloth to chew on (during the summer months only)
Frozen teething rings are good, just make sure that they are not too big for your baby’s mouth
Never ever give baby aspirin, aspirin is known to cause Reye syndrome in children and young adults

Some people prefer to use over the counter medications to stop teething pain. Some of those medications may or may not be safe. Be sure to check with your baby’s doctor before giving any kind of medicine to your young baby.

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