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teething




The period when a baby cuts his or her primary teeth. Usually, the first signs of teething occur at about six months of age.


Symptoms and signs

While teething, a baby may be irritable, fretful, clingy, may have difficulty sleeping, and may cry more than usual. Extra saliva may be produced, resulting in dribbling, and the baby tends to chew on anything that comes to hand.

Before a tooth emerges, the gum may become red and swollen. When molars erupt, the cheek may feel warm and look red on the affected side of the mouth.


Treatment

Symptoms may be relieved by the use of painkilling gels that are rubbed on the swollen gums, or liquid preparations.


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