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If your child is teething, he or she will probably struggle to eat and sleep, and will probably drool excessively. If your child is teething, there are a few things you can do to provide support. Some of our recommendations include:

Over-the-Counter: There are over-the-counter remedies that can help if your baby is feeling cranky or aggravated. Some medications, such as gels, should be used sparingly and only on the gum where the tooth is erupting. Otherwise, you could numb your child’s entire mouth. If over-the-counter medications don’t seem effective, your doctor could prescribe a medication.

Keep the Gums Cool: Try giving your baby something cool to chew on. This can help numb your baby’s gums and make them more comfortable. If your baby isn’t eating solid food, a teething ring, washcloth, or spoon may work well. If your baby is eating solid foods, you may want to try something like a carrot or cucumber.

Make Baby Comfortable: During teething, your baby will be uncomfortable. To make your child more comfortable, try wiping away drool and applying a cream or lotion.

If these tips don’t seem to help, please contact us. We also recommend contacting us six months after your child’s first tooth erupts for their first dental visit. We are anxious to hear from you.