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Is it okay to rub a little bit of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on a babies gums while teething will it help. She's 10&1/2 months?

Is it okay to rub a little bit of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on a babies gums while teething will it help. She's 10&1/2 months?

Not helpful: Benadryl is an anti-histamine and won't really do anything to relieve teething pain, because histamine release is not involved in that process. Massage with cool wash cloth (wet one, throw it in refrigerator for 10 minutes) and then use to massage gums. If baby really in a lot of discomfort, it is totally ok to use a dose of tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen now and then. ...Read more

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Dr. Simon Rosenberg
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Teething (Definition)

Teething is the natural process of tooth eruption. The rare infant is born with teeth, but for most infants the process begins around 3 months and can last ...Read more


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Is it true that honey relieves teething pain of babies when it is applied in the gum area?

Is it true that honey relieves teething pain of babies when it is applied in the gum area?

No: Infants should not be given honey because their young immune systems aren't fully protective against the bacterium that can cause botulism. A sock with an ice cube in it gets cold to the area which can be helpful. ...Read more

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A 7 months old baby has black gums which are not swollenand there are no signs of teething. What could it be?

A 7 months old baby has black gums which are not swollenand there are no signs of teething. What could it be?

Depends: There is an age range for the eruption of the first tooth and 7 months is well within the range. As far as the color of the gums, gums can be pigmented similarly to skin. If your child is darker skinned it is not uncommon to have darker gums. If the gums have a more blue/purple tinge it could be an eruption hematoma. Have your child see a pediatric dentist if you are concerned. ...Read more

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3 mos baby teething signs 3 white bumps like milia in same area on top gum & unconsolable, tooth?

3 mos baby teething signs 3 white bumps like milia in same area on top gum & unconsolable, tooth?

Call or page the Dr.: A 3 month-old baby who is "unconsolable" is fussy for a reason. If the baby had cold symptoms or has fever, an infection is likely. If truly not able to be consoled, the baby should be seen at the emergency room to rule out meningitis. If just "fussier than usual", parents can check the baby with no clothes on, give tylenol, (acetaminophen) give a warm bath, give a feeding, and if still fussy, go to urgent care. ...Read more

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Baby is currently teething at top where her teeth is coming in is filled with pus all around and on her gums?

Baby is currently teething at top where her teeth is coming in is filled with pus all around and on her gums?

Unusual: Its unusual for newly erupting teeth to have infections. Possibly the eruption cyst before the tooth has broken through the surface. If it is an infections you should take them to a pediatric dentist immediately ...Read more

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My 7 month baby is teething and cry while in sleep and chew objects.Wot medicine we should give him for easy teething and relieve gums?

My 7 month baby is teething and cry while in sleep and chew objects.Wot medicine we should give him for easy teething and relieve gums?

Wait; no benzocaine: There are many soothing remedies. I have to disagree with my colleagues here. Whatever you do, avoid using numbing gels like anbesol or orajel. Anything that contains Benzocaine can precipitate a rare but dangerous reaction called methemoglobinemia. http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm306062.htm. ...Read more

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My baby was born with a tooth she's now 3m old and showing signs of teething but has white in the gum where her tooth is what could this be?

My baby was born with a tooth she's now 3m old and showing signs of teething but has white in the gum where her tooth is what could this be?

Enamel Pearl: Sometimes babies are born with a small calcified nodule on their gums called an enamel pearl. It usually falls off after awhile, especially as the real baby tooth under the gums begins to erupt. To be absolutely sure, ask your dentist to refer you to a qualified pediatric dental specialist. They are the experts in growth and development of the baby teeth. ...Read more

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Baby had the 2 bottom teeth at 8 months.... Now she's 11 months old and still only these 2 are out... Heard that they might have to open the gums?

Baby had the 2 bottom teeth at 8 months.... Now she's 11 months old and still only these 2 are out... Heard that they might have to open the gums?

Wait: That would be very dramatic! enjoy your baby and don't be too concerned about that. There is some variability in tooth eruption. I would have your child see a pediatric dentist at 12 to 18 months for a well baby check up and discuss this with the dentist before proceeding with any surgery. ...Read more

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My son is 6 2 months ago he like lost his 2 baby teeth one grew in quick the other one has not came threw the gum yet. Why? Should i be concerned?

My son is 6 2 months ago he like lost his 2  baby teeth one grew in quick the other one has not came threw the gum yet. Why? Should i be concerned?

Antimere: Antimeres, same tooth on either side of the midline, if in bottom front should erupt within a month of each other. This may be a sign of overall arch length insufficiency. Please see a growth and development specialist, an orthodontist, for advice. The timing problem you are describing is a sign that your child's dent-facial development should be evaluated now. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more