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

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.

These symptoms mean you infant or toddler is likely teething. However there are many tricks and tips that you can help use to relieve your baby’s pain. Infant or children’s Tylenol, also known as acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are over the counter pain relief medicines that you can give them. Also benzocaine, a numbing compounds, can also help your infant feel better.

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. James Johnson, and our team are here to help. Just call James A. Johnson, DDS at 713.988.0536 or visit our practice to schedule an appointment.