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Most parents would do virtually anything to keep their babies happy. However there is a time in every infant’s life that parents dread—teething. But, is your baby actually teething? Do you know the signs? What are the symptoms? What can you do for you little one if they are teething? Here are some ideas you may want to consider.

A baby may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms if they’re teething: swollen gums with a visible lump, profuse drooling, constant rubbing of face or eyes, refusing food, a fussy or cranky attitude, an inability to sleep or restlessness during usual sleeping times, and a need to chew on solid items.

If your little one is showing any of these, they could be teething—but what can you do? Fortunately there are many remedies for soothing little one’s teething pains. Over the counter pain relief medicine, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can be used. Numbing compounds such as benzocaine, (a topical gel) can also be used to help.

Other solutions include teething soothers such as a refrigerated baby teething ring applying pressure to your child’s gums with a washed finger. You see, biting down on a teething tool helps to break down gum tissue, making it much easier for the tooth for the tooth to break through. Try to stay away from hard or frozen food as this can be a choking hazard.

If you do have a teething baby and have any more questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call. Our dentist, Dr. J. Steve Morton, and our team are here to help. Just call J. Steve Morton, DDS at 865.453.1001 or visit our practice to schedule an appointment.