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Teething 101: 4 Pediatrician-Approved Ways to Sooth a Teething Baby



You finally got your baby’s sleep routine on lock. So when you tiptoe out of your sleeping infant’s nursery, you foolishly think you’re home free.

Think again! Your baby’s cutting a tooth, and there’s seemingly nothing you can do about it.

“You’re spared the first one to three months, but after that, the teeth just keep on coming,” says pediatrician Ei Ye Mon, MD.

If you find yourself in the teething zone — which occurs anywhere between 4 months old and around 2 years old — you don’t have to be stuck there. Dr. Ye Mon gives her best teething remedies so you and your baby can live your best life, one tooth at a time.

Signs your baby is teething

All babies are different. So are their teething symptoms. Some will give no signs a new tooth is about to poke through. Others may show one or more of these symptoms:

1. Irritability. Fussy, cranky – whatever you call it, they are simply not themselves. Giggles have been replaced by whines and screams. They’re clingier than usual.
2. Drooling. Is that a Great Dane or your baby? Pack extra bibs!
Red and swollen gums. Open baby’s mouth and instead of pretty and pink, those gums are big and red.
3. Decreased appetite. With inflamed gums, eating can be uncomfortable, especially for toddlers who eat solid foods. “They may not eat normally when a tooth is getting ready to erupt,” Dr. Ye Mon says.
4. Mouthiness. Not to be confused with talking back (that comes later), this kind of mouthiness refers to when kids gnaw, chew and even bite the things around them — including mom and dad.

“It usually takes about three or four days, but once the tooth breaks through the gums, the symptoms should start decreasing,” Dr. Ye Mon explains.

But don’t be surprised when it happens again. You might experience teething deja vu up to 20 times, since that’s the number of baby teeth lying in wait.

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