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					TEETHING Symptoms of teething The symptoms of teething vary from baby to baby. The list below describes symptoms that a teething baby may experience. While most parents usually agree that some or all of the symptoms below occurred during teething, it is still recommended that should your baby experience any of these symptoms, you consult your paediatrician to rule out other possible causes of the symptoms. Irritability As the sharp little tooth rises closer to the surface, your baby’s gums may become increasingly sore and painful, leading to your baby being very fussy. The pain and discomfort usually worsen when the first teeth and molars come out. This is due to the fact that molars are a bigger size. In most cases, the baby becomes accustomed to the teething sensation and over time tolerates the pain better. In some cases you may find your baby is fussy throughout the teething process. Every child reacts differently. Drooling From three to four months of age, your baby may start to drool more often than normal. Teething stimulates drooling, and it can be worse for some babies than others. Coughing The extra saliva can cause your baby to occasionally cough or gag. This is usually nothing to worry about, as long as your baby does not seem to be in any discomfort, show signs of a cold or flu and run a high fever. Chin rash If your baby drools a lot, the constant contact with saliva can cause the skin around the chin and mouth to become irritated. To help prevent this, gently wipe your baby’s mouth and chin periodically throughout the day. Biting and gnawing A teething baby will gnaw and gum down on anything he or she can get their mouth around. The counter pressure from biting or gnawing on an object helps to relieve the pressure from under the gums. Cheek rubbing and ear pulling Pain in the gums may travel to the ears and cheeks, particularly when the back molars begin coming out. It is for this reason that you may see your baby rubbing his or her cheeks or pulling at the ears. However, keep in mind that pulling at an ear can also be a sign of an ear infection. Should this happen, kindly see your doctor to confirm diagnosis. Diarrhoea Most parents usually notice slightly looser bowel movements when a baby is teething. It is believed that the most likely cause of this is the extra saliva swallowed, which then loosens the stool. It is important to notify your doctor when diarrhoea lasts more than two bowel movements per day.

Low-grade fever Some parents have found that their baby gets a slight fever while teething. A lowgrade fever can be defined as a temperature above 36.5 degrees and fluctuating constantly but not exceeding 38.5 degrees. It is important to notify your doctor if a fever lasts more than two days. Not sleeping well With teething pain occurring during the day and night, you may find your child wakes more often at night when the pain becomes too much. Most parents agree that the child wakes more often at night during the first set of teeth and when the molars come out. Cold-like symptoms (runny nose, etc.) Some parents find that their baby will show signs of having a cold while teething. Runny noses, coughing and general cold symptoms are believed to be caused by the baby regularly having his or her hands in their mouth. Play it safe and always notify your doctor if these symptoms occur. How to help your baby to deal with pain There are several things that you can try in order to help ease the pain of teething. Some work and some don’t, but most parents agree they’re always worth a try. Teething rings, water-filled and chilled rubber teething toys as well as the parents’ fingers can all provide counter pressure that can sometimes bring relief. Offering your baby a cold bottle of water can also help. If sucking on the bottle irritates your child, offer a cup of cold water. The water can also help replenish your baby’s fluid if they’re drooling a lot or have loose bowel movements. Some parents have also found that cold food can be helpful. Chilled applesauce, yoghurt and pureed peaches may be more appealing to your baby and also more nutritious than a chilled teething ring. When nothing else helps, you can also turn to infant paracetamol. However, always consult your doctor or pharmacist first before you give your baby infant paracetamol. Your doctor or pharmacist will confirm whether you can use infant paracetamol and indicate the correct dosage to give your baby. There are a number of over-thecounter products that you can use to alleviate some of the symptoms. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before giving your baby any over-the-counter medication. The teething process will come and go, just like many other experiences with a baby. Keep trying different methods until you find the best solution to providing relief for your child. Please note Before trying any of the suggestions listed above or any other type of home remedy, it is highly recommended that you first contact your paediatrician. You should follow your paediatrician’s advice before trying anything mentioned. Your paediatrician knows what is best for your child. Regards The Baby Banker Team Resources: Baby’s first year by Kim Barker http://www.thenewparentsguide.com/baby-teething.htm

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