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Did you know that some babies are born with their first tooth? Or that other children won’t get their first tooth until they are over a year old? Generally though, children get their first tooth when they are between four and six months old.

Naturally, most parents are excited when a baby’s first tooth peeks through—though their excitement can be short-lived, especially when their baby gets grumpy. Fortunately, if your baby is teething, there are a few things you can try.

The first thing you can do is give your child something to chew on, such as a chilled teething ring or cold waffle. Cold foods can numb your baby’s gums and make it easier for the tooth to break through. Similarly, giving your child something flavorful, such as frozen watermelon or banana can have any of the same benefits while distracting your child.

In fact, distracting your child is another option you should consider. Try giving your baby a favorite toy or showing them a video they enjoy. Similarly, you can try holding or playing with your little one,

You can also try baby Tylenol or ibuprofen—though you may want to wait until your baby is a year old or consult with a doctor before giving your child ibuprofen. There are also certain topical creams that may help you. These creams work quickly and numb your child’s gums. When using a topical cream, only apply a small amount near the tooth. Similarly, please remember to speak with your dentist before you decide to use a topical cream. Certain creams can have negative side effects. You can also try simply rubbing your child’s tooth with a damp cloth.

Finally, if your child has a fever of 101° F or more or has diarrhea, please contact your doctor. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 704.873.2211. Our entire team—including Dr. Jon C. Packman—is excited to hear from you soon!