Teething is a very common issue with many infants. Most infants begin to develop teeth when they are between 4-7 months of age. By the age of three, children usually have a full set of teeth in place.
Teething can cause significant pain and children might want their parents’ help to comfort them. As infants’ teeth grow in, they may become more fussy, restless, or not sleep as well than usual. Losing their appetite and drooling more than usual are also common things that occur when a baby is teething.
However, if your baby develops a fever or has diarrhea, you should contact your physician immediately.
Your baby may have sore gums as their teeth are trying to grow in.
Some ways to help them ease mouth pain include:
Although using a medication can work quickly and efficiently for teething babies, the FDA recommends that parents do not use benzocaine products for children who are younger than two years old, except when advised or under strict supervision of a professional health care worker. Benzocaine is not a good anaesthetic to use for children under two years of age because it can significantly reduce oxygen supply.
When your child's teeth do begin to develop and come in, you should use a child size toothbrush to brush their teeth.