Teething

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These "Quick Parenting Tips" have been written by our staff and Pediatric Web regarding common childhood behavior issues.  For more in depth parenting advice, see the many websites and books recommended by our staff on our Behavior / Parenting page.

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Teething

Teething is the cause of occasional fussiness by infants caused by irritated or swollen gums. Teething does not cause fever, diarrhea, diaper rash, ill appearance or lowered resistance to infection. To relieve pain, try massaging the swollen gum with your finger for 2 minutes or offering an age appropriate teething ring. If pain or fussiness persists, you may give an age appropriate dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol) orally for 1 day. Special teething gels are not recommended and can actually be dangerous for children under 2 years of age.

The general guidelines for incoming teeth are as follows: Central incisors usually come in around 6 months of age, lateral incisors around 8 months of age, first molars around 14 months of age, canines around 19 months of age, and second molars around 24 months of age. By 2 1/2 years of age, children should have 20 teeth. Remember to brush them daily! These 20 teeth remain until school age; then, the baby teeth will start to fall out and be replaced by the permanent teeth. Children should start seeing the dentist every 6 months beginning no later than his or her first birthday (or when first tooth appears).

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Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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