When your baby is about 6 months old, baby teeth will begin coming in. Some babies get very irritable because it can hurt right before the teeth break through the gums. Most babies drool and want to chew on things. Sometimes teething can cause babies to vomit or have diarrhea.
Usually, teething doesn't give babies a fever. If your baby does get a fever, it might be something else. Make sure to talk to your pediatrician.
- At bedtime, put a clean cloth under your baby's head to catch drool. You can change the cloth if it gets wet.
- Give your baby something safe to chew on. It should NOT be too small. Your baby can swallow it. You can use cool rubber teething rings, but don't use ones with liquid inside (they can break). You can also use a cool rubber-coated baby spoon, or a cold wet clean washcloth.
- Don't tie a teething ring around your baby's neck. It could get caught on something and strangle the baby.
- There are over-the-counter remedies available to ease the pain of teething. Talk to the pediatrician before you give your baby anything for the pain.
Once your baby's teeth come in, be sure to take care of them.