Teething is an often-difficult rite of passage for infants and toddlers (and let’s face it, for their parents, too). Taking care of a youngster’s discomfort during this time and learning how to care for new teeth once they emerge requires some patience—and maybe a little research. Use this Web guide to help answer your teething-related questions.
Whether your baby is overly fussy, drooling like crazy or just seems plain uncomfortable, read on for tips and suggestions to help you figure out for sure if your baby is teething, and to help your baby cope with teething.
- Use “baby and teething” or “toddler and teething” as search terms to avoid getting too many results related to puppy teething in your Web search.
For teething symptoms and pain relief …
offers some remedies parents can try to help soothe a baby’s sore gums during teething.
discusses several aspects of the teething process and how to help babies cope with their discomfort. Particularly useful here are the explanations about what medications are appropriate to use.
For answers to questions about teething …
answers frequently asked questions about teething, such as whether babies get top or bottom teeth first, what’s best for youngsters to chew when their teeth come in and why some infants “drool like a faucet.”
Dental hygiene starts well before infants get their baby teeth. Learn how to care for their teeth and gums properly using the Web sites below.
For dental care supplies …
sells soft toothbrushes, fluoride-free toothpaste, teething tablets and other supplies you may need to care for an infant or toddler’s teeth.
focuses on the early stages of dental care, providing tips on keeping a baby’s gums clean and when to start flossing.
The Academy of General Dentistry
answers several questions about caring for young teeth, including scheduling a child’s first visit to the dentist. Also look for information about monitoring an infant’s fluoride intake, preparing a child for a dental exam, promoting good brushing habits and more.
For dental problems to watch out for …
aims to answer some of the questions parents may have about the potential problems youngsters can cause to their teeth by sucking on their thumb, fingers or pacifiers.
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