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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Thumb and finger sucking.

The sucking reflex is normal and healthy in babies. However, a thumb or finger sucking habit can cause problems with the growth of the mouth and jaw, and position of teeth, if it continues after permanent teeth have erupted, between four and seven years of age.
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Sooting a biter

Tips to consider if your child is a biter include providing teething rings, teething biscuits or cold washcloths for children who are teething and do not, under any circumstances, bite your child back.
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