Topic Overview

Some babies
bite during
teething, because they feel discomfort or pain. The
most common symptoms of teething include:

  • Swelling, tenderness, or discomfort in the gums
    at the site of the erupting tooth.
  • Increased saliva, which can
    cause drooling. Drooling may cause a rash to develop on the chin, face, or
    chest.
  • Refusing to eat and drink because of mouth
    soreness.
  • Irritability and trouble sleeping because of the
    discomfort.

Teething rings or teethers can help ease your baby’s discomfort from
teething. Many items are available and clearly marked for this purpose. Make
sure that items will not pose a choking hazard and are safe to put in a baby’s
mouth.

Biting or chewing on a clean, frozen washcloth can also help relieve
teething pain.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD – Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD – Pediatrics

Current as ofMay 4, 2017

Current as of:
May 4, 2017