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If you’ve ever dealt with teething, you know how uncomfortable it can be for your child—and for yourself. To help you get through teething, our team at McAllister Dentistry is to give you a few suggestions.

Typically, children will start getting their baby teeth when they are about six months old—though some are born in with their teeth and other may not get their first tooth until they are over a year old.

Naturally, most parents are excited when a baby’s first tooth peeks through—though their excitement can be short-lived, especially when their baby gets grumpy. Fortunately, if your baby is teething, there are a few things you can try.

The first thing you can do is give your child something to chew on, such as a chilled teething ring or cold waffle. Cold foods can numb your baby’s gums and make it easier for the tooth to break through. Similarly, giving your child something flavorful, such as frozen watermelon or banana can have any of the same benefits while distracting your child.

In fact, distracting your child is another option you should consider. Try giving your baby a favorite toy or showing them a video they enjoy. Similarly, you can try holding or playing with your little one,

You could also try medication. Some topical creams are designed to numb the gums. They work quickly, but should be used cautiously. Please consider discussing the possible side effects with a doctor before using these creams. You can also try baby Tylenol or ibuprofen—though you may want to wait until your baby is a year old or consult with a doctor before giving your child ibuprofen.

Finally, if your child has a fever of 101° F or more or has diarrhea, please contact your doctor. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 828-322-6731.Our entire team—including Dr. John McAllister—is excited to hear from you soon!