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Dealing with Teething Problems

Some babies and small children can have problems when the baby teeth start to “erupt” (break through their gums). These teething signs and symptoms can include:

  • an increase in dribbling
  • the baby continually placing his or her hands into the mouth
  • frequent crying and bad temper
  • a slight fever
  • redness and soreness of gums
  • a loss of appetite and diarrhea
  • frequent sucking and chewing on toys

The fever and diarrhea should not be ignored, and medical advice should be sought to eliminate other possible causes. To treat the sore gums:

  • Give your baby a wet cloth or teething ring to chew on. The teething ring can be chilled in the fridge (not freezer) to reduce gum swelling and pain.
  • Give your baby hard toast or non-sweetened rusks to chew on.
  • Avoid teething gels or medication that contain salicylates (aspirin) as they can cause stomach problems.
  • Paracetamol (Panadol) can help when used according to instructions.