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Family Matters: Teething


TeethingThe age range for teething is huge, but it’s safe to say that a lot of teething will take place between the ages of 7 and 12 months.

Teething, or when your baby’s teeth start to break through the gums, is easy for some little ones and harder on others.

My older son got teeth without me even realizing it half the time because it just didn’t bother him. My younger son, on the other hand, was in constant pain from teething. Because it’s no longer recommended to rub whiskey on baby’s gums (spoken like a true child of the 1970s), pediatricians have other recommendations for easing the pain of teething.

Baby can take a small dose of ibuprofen to help the swelling and the pain.

Baby can gnaw on something cool for relief, whether it be a damp washcloth (watch that baby doesn’t rip a piece off and swallow it) or a frozen piece of fruit (again, watch for choking hazards).

Some babies like a pacifier when they are teething as sucking is a soothing instinct for baby.

Even before baby has teeth, you should be rubbing their gums with a soft toothbrush. As their teeth begin to emerge, keep up the good oral hygiene and use toothpaste formulated for infants. Rubbing their gums might also help relieve some of the discomfort of erupting teeth.

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