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Teething and Fussiness

Since it can be difficult to tell when your baby is teething, it is important to watch for any unusual symptoms in your child. Possible signs include hand biting, gum rubbing, and facial rash. Many parents also notice fussiness in their teething infants.
Treating a baby with significant pain due to teething can be tricky. To deal with fussiness or other symptoms, you can try:
  • Gently rubbing the sore gums with a clean finger.
  • Letting your baby bite down on a clean, cool, and damp washcloth (you can even put it in the freezer for a few minutes).
  • Letting your baby bite on an ice cube wrapped securely in a clean cloth.
  • Giving your baby a teething ring. You can get one in any baby-goods aisle at the supermarket or drugstore. Some come gel-filled and some have tiny ridges or bumps that your baby can gnaw on to soothe the pain. They even make ones that you can stick in the freezer so that your baby can gnaw on something nice and cold.
(Click Teething Symptoms and Signs and Teething Remedies to learn more about the link between teething and fussiness, to find out what other symptoms may occur during the process, and for more information on how to help your child deal with the pain.)
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