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Getting teeth is an exciting new development for your baby! Here are teething symptoms to look for and ways to help your baby through it.

Mom looking at baby bite on blue pacifier

Many parents cringe when they hear the word teething, as it can signal fussy babies and long, sleepless nights ahead. For most babies, the first tooth peeks through between four and seven months of age. By the time your child is three years old, he or she will be smiling bright with a full set of 20 baby teeth.

While teething, babies and toddlers may have the following symptoms:

  • Drooling

  • Crankiness and fussiness

  • Swelling of the gums and sensitivity

  • Biting objects

  • Refusing to eat

  • Sleep loss at night and during naps

How to ease discomfort during teething:

  • Give your baby something to chew on, like a rubber teething ring, pacifier, or a clean wet washcloth that’s been chilled in the refrigerator.

  • Rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger.

  • Try a teething gel (check with your doctor first).

  • If your child is old enough for solids, offer cold foods like applesauce and yogurt, or a piece of frozen fruit. Always check with your pediatrician before offering any new foods.

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