When baby is cutting molars

If your baby is cutting molars, the best thing you can do to help relieve the pain is to give her something to chew on. Offer your child a teething ring, a bagel, zwieback, a frozen banana, or something else that she likes to chew.

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Drooling and teething

Excessive drooling is part of the teething process. To prevent skin irritation, keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby’s chin.

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Teeting and tummy problems

Many babies and toddlers get diarrhea or an upset stomach while they are teething.  Many also refuse to eat solid foods while teeth are erupting.

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Teething chart

Child going through the teething process?
Check out this teething chart.

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No shots for kids

There are old wives tales about giving babies a shot of brandy to help them through teething, but this is dangerous, and poisonous to them.

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When to first go to the dentist

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you bring your child in within six months of the appearance of his first tooth. (Teeth generally start appearing between six and 12 months of age.)

The dentist can check your child’s teeth and jaw structure and show you how to brush properly.

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Classic signs of teething

Classic signs and symptoms of teething often include drooling, crankiness, swollen gums, and chewing on solid objects.

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Drooling teething babies

Drooling is a characteristic side-effect of teething. It is harmless, in and of itself; however a drooly baby often suffers from dryness or irritation from constantly wet skin.

If the drool bib just won’t cut it, use a barrier product on your child’s chin and neck during the peak drool episodes to protect from "drool rash". Some parents swear by lanolin, such as Lansinoh but children who are prone to allergies should avoid it and use another barrier ointment instead.

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Teething tip

Sometimes, the stress of teething is worse than the actual physical pain at any one moment.

Try soothing your baby with soft music, talking or massage. You can give infants cool, weak chamomile tea, which may help them to sleep while cooling the mouth. Have some yourself, for a little break.

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Dealing with teathing

One of the most popular ways of helping infants deal with mouth soreness from teething is to let them chew on cold things.

A wet washcloth is ideal because babies like the rough texture and the cold water eases swelling in the gums.

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