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Video:Teething 101

with Kathy Moore

When your baby starts leaving a pile of drool on your shoulder, you are in for yet another developmental milestone: teething. Find out the signs that your baby is teething, and learn ways to soothe any pain that might occur during this process.See Transcript

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Transcript:Teething 101

Hi I am Kathy Moore for About.com. When your baby starts leaving a pile of drool on your shoulder, you are in for yet another developmental milestone, teething. This program will explain what to expect when your child is teething and how you can ease their pain.

What is Teething?

Teething is simply the emergence of your baby's first teeth. This process can begin as early as 3 months, but somewhere between four to seven months is average. The first teeth to appear are usually the two bottom teeth. Months later, the front four teeth follow.

Signs of Teething

At the start of this process, you will notice your child is drooling more and wants to chew on everything. Your baby's gums will become tender and may swell. A fever could occur, as well as diarrhea, but usually these symptoms are due to something else besides teething. Ear rubbing is also common.

Tips to Soothe Teething Babies

Teething can be painless, but for some babies, it creates periods of irritability with disruptions in their eating and sleeping patterns.

To help your baby during this process:
  • Wipe her face frequently to keep the drool from developing a rash on her face.
  • Give your baby something to chew on. This could be a wet washcloth, a teething ring or a rubber toy. Just be sure that she cannot swallow it and that it cannot break into pieces. If you use a chilled teething ring, place it in the refrigerator not the freezer.
  • Let your baby chew on your clean finger, or gently rub your baby's gums.
If your baby seems very irritable, children's pain relievers may help, but always check with your doctor first before giving your baby any medicine. Once your baby's teeth appear, simply wipe them clean with gauze or a soft child's toothbrush.

Helping your baby through this stage will produce a smile that will melt your heart for years to come. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us at About.com.
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