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How do you know if your baby is actually teething? What signs should you watch for? If your baby is teething, what can you do for your little one? How can you, as their parent and guardian, help them with this painful process? Here are a few ideas on teething and how to help your child through it.

A baby may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms if they’re teething: swollen gums with a visible lump, profuse drooling, constant rubbing of face or eyes, refusing food, a fussy or cranky attitude, an inability to sleep or restlessness during usual sleeping times, and a need to chew on solid items.

If your little one is showing any of these, they could be teething—but what can you do? Fortunately there are many remedies for soothing little one’s teething pains. Over the counter pain relief medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can be used to help.

Other solutions include teething soothers such as a refrigerated baby teething ring applying pressure to your child’s gums with a washed finger. You see, biting down on a teething tool helps to break down gum tissue, making it much easier for the tooth for the tooth to break through. Try to stay away from hard or frozen food as this can be a choking hazard.

A teething baby can cause a lot of stress and cause your baby—and maybe you— to be sleep deprived and cranky. We understand and want to help. Our dentist, Dr. Nadia Hamouda, and our team will be happy to answer any question or concerns you may have. Simply contact White Pearl Dentistry at 734-222-0055 to schedule an appointment.