What are the symptoms of teething and how they can be alleviated?

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Eruption pattern of baby teeth vary. However, the first teeth emerge at between six months and 1 year of age.

Once first tooth breaks through the gums, babies may experience some symptoms such as:

  • Irritability
  • Sleep problem
  • Loss of appetite
  • Red and swollen gums
  • Drooling more than usual
  • Chewing fingers
  • Urge to bite on hard objects
  • Eruption cyst: Sometimes a watery sac may be seen over the eruption tooth that is usually harmless and rupture as tooth penetrates the gums.
    These symptoms generally appear about 3 to 5 days before the tooth starts erupting and disappear as soon as the tooth breaks through the gums.
    Diarrhea, rashes and fever are not normal symptoms for baby teething specially, if the symptoms last longer than 24 hours. In such cases, it is advisable to visit a pediatrician.

How to alleviate teething symptoms?

Teething can be a painful process and can make your child fussy, but you can reduce teething symptoms by several ways including:

  1. Slowly rub your child gums with clean finger, a small cool spoon or a clean wet cloth.
  2. Give your child something like teething ring for chewing
  3. If your child is eating solids, offer cold foods and liquids like applesauce or yogurt.
    Before using any kind of medication or remedy, speak with your pediatrician about specific product safety, dosage and usage issues.