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First Teeth and Teething

Teething 101: Symptoms and Remedies

“Some babies get their first tooth at 3 months, some at 4, and some don't get that first tooth until around 14 or 15 months,” says pediatric dentist, Dr. Michelle Kelman. Symptoms of teeth normally start about three to five days before the tooth shows and will cease as soon as the tooth breaks through, although some babies are not agitated by teething. Common signs of teething are swollen or red gums, mood changes or irritability, fussiness, excessive biting or chewing, excessive crying, sleeplessness, refusing to eat or drink, pulling on ears, and mild fever.  Drooling or attempting to chew on objects are another key signal of the onset of teething. Some report teething causes runny noses or low fevers.

While some experts believe that teething can cause a slight runny nose or a low fever, others say this symptom is more likely due to the common cold. Teething symptoms typically recede on their own but notify your family doctor if symptoms worsen or persist after the tooth emerges. Teething symptoms will likely begin a few days ... Read more

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