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Can teething cause a high temperature? It could, during certain stages of teething. Learn more by watching this video.
Transcript: But getting them isn't an easy process. Because of this, many myths abound about teething. A recent...
But getting them isn't an easy process. Because of this, many myths abound about teething. A recent study at done at the Cleveland Clinic, sought to parse truth from myth. And they found that teething does NOT cause a fever over 100 degrees. There MAY be a SLIGHT rise in temperature when the teeth come through the gum, but this does not MAKE a baby ill. There ARE a few surefire signs that your little one is about to get his or her first set of choppers: an increase in drooling, gum rubbing, sucking, and biting often occur. And teething may also lead to irritability, ear rubbing, facial rash, and a decreased appetite for solid foods. But remember, teething WON'T make your baby ill. So if your infant has a temperature over 100 degrees, call your pediatrician. Your baby MAY be sick and need treatment.More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-11 | Tags »
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Babies can be quite a handful when their first teeth start sprouting out.Learn about baby teething and its associated symptoms in this video.
Transcript: Some special babies are born with a tooth in place, and some don't begin getting pearly whites until...
Some special babies are born with a tooth in place, and some don't begin getting pearly whites until after their first birthday -one thing is for sure: teething is a major milestone! Most babies cut their first tooth between four and seven months of age. After that first tooth, additional teeth will break through, one at a time, often beginning with the front two on the bottom, called the central incisors. bottom central inc., top central inc., bottom lateral inc., top lateral inc., then the rest...and finally by the teeth along the top and bottom gums. Growing all those teeth is a long process, but by age three your little one will likely boast a full set of 20 baby teeth. The weeks of cutting those first teeth CAN BE easy and painless for a lucky few children-and parents! But many infants find teething uncomfortable, and may experience gum swelling, drooling, mouth sensitivity and general crankiness. Luckily, you CAN make the teething process less painful by giving your baby something cold to chew on. Tried and true favorites include a wet washcloth, a rubber teething ring, or-if your baby is eating solid foods-an unsweetened teething cracker like Zwieback. Infants who are eating solids may find a cold snack, like applesauce, to be soothing. Rubbing a clean finger firmly over your baby's gums may also help ease the discomfort of teeth pushing through. If these methods don't work, talk to your doctor about offering infant acetaminophen or applying a topical numbing gel. Finally, remember that a temperature, diarrhea, or inconsolable crying are NOT normal parts of teething. If your baby experiences these symptoms, contact the pediatrician immediately.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-29 | Tags »
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You know about the importance of brushing your own teeth. If you're not sure about baby tooth care watch this video for helpful tips.
Transcript: You brush and floss your own teeth regularly, but do you know how to care for your INFANT'S little teeth?...
You brush and floss your own teeth regularly, but do you know how to care for your INFANT'S little teeth? Although it's unlikely that your baby's first tooth will make an appearance BEFORE 16 weeks, you'll want to start cleaning your infant's gums prior to that time. To do so, gently, but firmly wipe your baby's gums with a wet washcloth or a piece of gauze during bath time. This will help your baby get used to having his or her mouth cleaned. It will also ensure that the tooth buds beneath the gums aren't threatened by bacteria. Once your baby DOES sprout a tooth or two, it's time to start brushing! Pick a baby toothbrush with a soft head and a handle long enough for you to grasp. Twice a day, wet the toothbrush and swipe the front and back sides of each tooth. Don't worry much about using toothpaste until your baby is old enough to spit it out, although infant toothpastes are available and safe to use in small amounts. To further prevent decay, it's important NOT to let your child go to sleep with a bottle in his or her mouth. That's because, when milk sugars pool in the mouth, your baby's body converts them into cavity-causing acids, and the growth of bacteria is encouraged. Finally, consider the mineral fluoride, which can be both a friend AND a foe to baby teeth. Too much fluoride can cause fluorosis, a condition that causes white spots to appear on your child's adult teeth. But SOME fluoride-about .25 milligrams daily-is necessary to strengthen tooth enamel in children under three. Many municipal water supplies are already fortified with fluoride, so your child will likely get sufficient fluoride from drinking formula and tap water. But if your water supply is not fortified, as is the case with well water, or if you aren't sure, talk to your baby's pediatrician about supplementing with fluoride drops. Additionally, follow the advice of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists and take your baby to the dentist for the first time between six and 12 months. After all, it's NEVER too early for good dental hygiene!More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-29 | Tags »
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Think just because your baby has no teeth that oral hygene isn't important? Think again (and again). Caring for your baby's gums and budding first teeth can set the stage for their future oral health. Here's what you should do.
Transcript: Even before your baby gets his or her first tooth, taking care of your baby's mouth, oral health, is...
Even before your baby gets his or her first tooth, taking care of your baby's mouth, oral health, is very important. You can start off by wiping down their gums at night, especially after that nursing session or bottle feed. We don't want babies to sleep with milk constantly pouring into their mouth because that can cause early dental cavities. And dental cavities, even in baby teeth, can really go on to affect those permanent teeth later on. So when that first tooth starts to pop out, that's when you do need to start brushing their teeth, and it can be as simple as with a damp washcloth or a little baby toothbrush and some water. The first visit to the pediatric dentist usually takes place at around a year of age. And often that's also to assess your baby's oral health and to do more teaching for the parents. Around 18 months of age is usually a good time to start adding a little bit of baby toothpaste. I find that a lot of toddlers love the way it tastes, so it often makes the toothbrushing routine a little bit easier. You want to make sure that toothbrushing isn't that bad, so make it fun, maybe toddler brushes teeth, then Mom gets in there and brushes teeth, and kind of go back and forth. Just teach kids that it's part of their nighttime and morning routine and that way they'll have good dental habits as they grow up.More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-08 | Tags »
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