A baby’s first tooth can arrive as early as three months, but the average age is seven months. Look out for these signs: drooling, cough – due to increased saliva, chin or face rash, biting, pain and discomfort, diarrheoa, refusal to feed, irritability, struggling to sleep or ear pulling.

What to do

Encourage your baby to bite on a cold, rubber teething ring. Rubber is easy to clean, can’t be swallowed and doesn’t injure the gums. Make sure your baby is drinking lots of fluids as babies can often become dehydrated during this time. Oral teething gel can help ease teething discomfort. Remember to check with your doctor before giving your baby any pain medication.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.
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