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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 how teething and how to help your child through it.

If your baby has swollen gums or a visible lump, they could be teething. Similarly, if you find your little one searching for solid food or objects to chew on, a tooth could be erupting. More symptoms include profuse drooling, rubbing their face or eyes, refusing food and drink, crankiness, and finding it hard to sleep or constant restlessness during regular sleeping hours.

Fortunately there are many remedies for you little ones teething pains. Over the counter pain relief medicine can be used such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Numbing compounds such as benzocaine (a topical gel) can also 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.

If you do have a teething baby and have any more questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call. Our dentist, Dr. Derek M. Lichter, and our team are here to help. Just call Derek M. Lichter, DDS, Inc. at 619.422.5317 or visit our practice to schedule an appointment.