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.