Teething Do's and Dont's

Between 4 and 7 months of age, babies’ first teeth may emerge. New teeth arrive steadily until all 20 baby teeth are in place by the third birthday. Teething usually comes with drool and an urge to chew on things; it can also sometimes cause discomfort and crankiness.

If your baby’s gums seem tender and swollen, new teeth are probably breaking through. If your baby seems sick, check with your doctor before assuming that her discomfort is due to teething.

You can help her feel better by giving her something safe to chew on: a wet washcloth, a spoon or rubber teething rings, all cooled 30 minutes or so in the fridge or freezer. Just don’t let the items become frozen solid.

If she’s very uncomfortable, infant acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help, but check with your doctor and read the dosing information carefully first. Don’t use benzocaine products to relieve teething pain for children under age 2 unless directed by a healthcare professional.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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