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How to tell between teething or ear infection , im a new mom?

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Dr. Leo Morton
Pediatric Dentistry 42 years experience
See yourPediatrician: I get this question often. Both can cause discomfort. Often the ear infection will wake up your child at night. I always tell parents to visit the child's pediatrician first. If nothing is found wrong and the ears then we can assume teething. We always "blame" the teeth last for the discomfort. We would not want to miss treating an ear infection by thinking it's just teething.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Congratulations: Enjoy your new baby. Any time you have even the slightest concern that you child has an infection, head straight to the pediatrician. That said, if child teething will be fussy, drool a lot, off his/her normal schedule, ant will increasingly want to mouth objects. Pediatrician can also help with suggestions to ease teething pain. So go see your Pediatrician ASAP.

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