If your child is teething and seems to be in pain, you can:
- Rub the gums with your finger
- Rub the gums with the back of a cold spoon
If the pain persists, your dentist, pharmacist or doctor may recommend an over-the-counter medication to relieve the pain.
Please avoid the following:
- DO NOT use teething gel you rub on your child’s gums; he could swallow it.
- DO NOT give him teething biscuits. They may contain added or concealed sugar.
- DO NOT give him raw vegetables; it could be a choking hazard.
NEVER underestimate a fever. The eruption of new teeth does NOT make babies sick or feverish. If your child has a fever, see your doctor.
All 20 primary teeth will have appeared before your child is 2 or 3 years old. The following table shows the age at which the primary teeth erupt in MOST children. Consult your dentist if you have any concerns.