Infant teething symptoms and treatments

Teething is one of those milestones in a baby's life that not only gets parents excited, but can also make parents very, very tired! Babies typically begin to teethe between the ages of four months and a year, but like any milestone, teething can happen before or after this age range as well. Infant teething can be a frustrating time for both the baby and the parents, but these tips and tricks should help you and your baby stay comfortable.

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Baby Teething Symptoms

It's often unclear as to when babies begin to teethe, since you won't always see a tooth popping out right away. In fact, babies can display symptoms of teething up to a month before a tooth will actually erupt. Some of these teething symptoms include:

  • Fussiness or irritability
  • Sleep regression
  • Sore or swollen-looking gums
  • Feeding aversions or pain when sucking
  • Low-grade fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Diaper rash
  • Runny nose
  • Red cheeks

If your baby seems to display any of these symptoms and he or she isn't sick, the culprit could be teething.

Teething Remedies

You can relieve your baby's mouth pain and soreness by using a simple analgesic, approved by your doctor. Tylenol or Motrin, used as directed, can make a big difference in relieving baby's teething symptoms. If you choose to use a more natural remedy, then teething tablets, such as Hyland's teething products, can also make a difference in your baby's mood. Many parents choose to use both remedies to make their babies feel better. Always consult with your doctor or child health care professional before using any teething remedy.

Often, one of the best ways to help your baby feel better is to give them something to bite on. Teething biscuits are a perfect way to both give your child a snack and help their teething pain. Make sure that your child is above the age of six months before you give them any solids, however. Teething rings can also help your baby's discomfort.

Teething is a natural part of growing up, but it doesn't have to be a painful one. Try some of these remedies when your baby begins to cut teeth and make it a less challenging period.