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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Teething tricks

A cold washcloth or chilled teething ring can be soothing for tots who are teething.

Don’t give your baby a frozen teething ring, however. Contact with extreme cold may hurt, doing your baby more harm than good. If your baby’s eating solid foods, offer cold items such as applesauce or yogurt.

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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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When teething begins

Although timing varies widely, most babies begin teething by about age 6 months.

The two bottom front teeth (lower central incisors) are usually the first to appear, followed by the two top front teeth (upper central incisors).

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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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