Teething

Teething is defined as the eruption of primary, or baby teeth, which is preceded by an increase in saliva production and flow (drooling).  Young children may become restless and irritable during this time period.  Parents may become frustrated by not knowing how to help their child during this time.  Teething is accompanied by inflammation of the gingival tissue (gums) as the tooth is erupting into place.  This inflammation continues until the complete emergence of the crown of the tooth and may cause a temporary painful situation.

Treatment for teething is difficult  due to the age of the child, especially in the early stages.  Most children start teething at about 6 months of age and continue until the last baby molars come in at about 2 1/2 years of age.  The best medication for inflammation is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID), such as ibuprofen or aspirin.  Please consult your pediatrician before giving these medications to children, especially infants.  Use of topical anesthetics, such as ambesol, or orajel, can help with temporary discomfort.  Again, talk to your pediatrician and if used, be sure to note the maximum daily dosage and use of these products.

Most children during this time period like to chew on things.  Teething rings are good items to have because they help to break down the gum tissue where the tooth is erupting.  These can be placed in the refrigerator to make the cold and help the gums feel better, but should never be placed in the freezer.  Another thing that helps is frozen items, such as popsicles, or fruit smoothies.  These can be crushed and spoon feed to the child, or infant.

Teething is a condition associatated with our children’s baby teeth coming in.  Treatment consists of treating the inflammation and temporary pain associated with this time period.  Care should be taken and your pediatrician should be consulted before using any medications for this problem, especially in infants.  Use of teething rings and cold foods may help with this condition.  As always, remember to be patient and understanding with your child during this frustrating time for them and you.


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