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Teething In Children
Baby Orajel Naturals: Is the one I like best. However, chewing on something cold and firm is helpful for teething. One idea is to give them a damp washcloth that as been frozen in the freezer to chew on. Commercial teeth rings that can be frozen are available as well. Teething is a normal process. I would avoid medication like painkillers unless absolutely necessary. Most babies really don't need them. ...Read more
How do I best help my baby with teething? I've tried using children's ibuprofen, teething rings, and other similar things, but it's bad. Is there anything out there that I'm not thinking of that might help? .
I think you've mentioned everything except orajel. Anyone with children will tell you they've been through it.
Hang in there and eventually things will subside. My daughter, when she was teething, kept saying "oj... Oj". We thought she wanted orange juice. No, she couldn't pronounce "orajel", what her daycare provider was applying.
Best to you and your family. ...Read more
What age is normal for children to start teething? Is there anything you can do to speed up the process?
Should we see the dentist about teething pain? How much teething pain is normal for a child between six months and a year old? I feel like our son is having more pain than other children I have known of the same age, and am wondering if we should see a de
Each: Each child responds to pain associated with teething differently. You have to trust yourself as his mother to determine if thisis his usual reaction to pain. Some children are more tolerant of pain than others. Common things to help this period of tooth eruption are letting him chew on your clean finger or other soft teeting objects. The counter pressure against the erupting tooth can be soothing. Cold can also help. Sips of cold water, sucking on a frozen edge of a wash cloth, etc. An old trick for infants older than 9 months is to let then chew on a frozen waffle (the small kind you can get in the frozen food aisle) because they are precooked and soften very quickly if your child eats it. If you notice obvious swelling with a bruised appearance over the erupting tooth, let your pediatrician see it. Sometimes this type of pressure can be relieved by a small incision. Your dentist or pediatrician could do this. Teething pain can be miserable. Infant Acetaminophen can be helpful at night. Baby orajel tends to offer very short relief and not my favorite because parents will often use too much. Homeopathic teething tablets (contain chamomille) can sometimes relax the infant. I hope your son finds some relief so you can too. ...Read more
Do you consider the hylands products to be safe and/or effective for children under 2 years old? Looking for cold and teething relief
Not safe: Hylands homeopathic drops have been recalled in the past for risk of toxic side effects from one of the ingredients, belladonna. The concentration of belladonna was found to vary between preparations. I would stick with nasal saline drops for relief of cold symptoms. For teething, I would recommend massaging your baby's gums and using a teething toy like sophie the giraffe. ...Read more
It doesn't matter: It doesn't matter if it can be. What is important is what's causing both symptoms? She should be seen by at least a dentist (and possibly a physician if the dentist thinks that appropriate). There is no way to observe, diagnose and guess as to what's actually going on. Sorry. ...Read more
Can I give my 61/2 month children tylenol (acetaminophen) she has a runny nose sneezing coughing because she's teething?
It really depends: Not every baby follows the exact same schedule. But, most babies get the lower central incisors (two bottom front teeth) first & then the upper central incisors after that. Beyond that, the sequence may be irregular so don't worry about that. It is not terribly important when the teeth come in, but more important your dental hygeine regimen. Brush the teeth twice a day & avoid bottles in bed. ...Read more
Grinding teeth: Children many times will begin to grind their teeth as their eruption patterns change. They have many primary/baby teeth that are becoming loose and coming out and new permanent teeth erupting and their bite or occlusion changes all the time. They tend to grind during this ever changing occlusion. ...Read more
Only way is. .: The only way to treat decaying teeth is to see a dentist. Depending on the office and age of the child, some offices will see and treat a child, while other offices may refer the younger patients to a pedodontist or children's dentist. To prevent decay, good oral hygiene and diet is a must as well as control or elimination of any habits that may be contributing to decay. ...Read more
Depends: The number of teeth children have depends on the age of the child, stage of development and whether or not any primary teeth are lost or retained. Generally, there are 20 primary or baby teeth and 32 permanent teeth. A child may be in a mixed dentition state where they have a combination of primary and permanent teeth. ...Read more
Oral hygiene: Commit to good oral hygiene and a good diet (minimizing sugar frequency and amount). Make sure to brush you children teeth 2 times per day and floss any teeth that have tight contacts between them. This helps them develop good habits that they can continue on to adulthood. ...Read more
5 1/2 years: The lower front teeth are the first teeth to loosen and wiggle. This can happen around age 5 1/2 though some children can start much later. It is more important on the sequence of which teeth exfoliate (fall out) that the timing or age. Every child has their own time table. ...Read more
G & D decision: The appropriate time to begin orthodontic rx is a crana-facial growth and development decision, not an age decision. Children should have their first orthodontic check-up as a 7th birthday present. That way the orthodontist can decide with you the best path of care for your child. See a qualified university trained orthodontic specialist now for guidance. ...Read more
Sure - even before: Since it's a good habit and many neglect to learn it, why not start as soon as possible - even if it doesn't do too much. Just to learn it as part of daily bathroom activity might be a good idea. I hope a dentist corrects me if I'm wrong. Sounds like you're doing good things with and for your child! ...Read more
None: An occasional treat is how I was brought up and that is now old fashioned. There is no doubt that candy in its excesses of today is producing a lot more trouble than just dental decay. ...Read more
What age should children start to floss their own teeth? My son is five, and I'm not sure when I should start letting him floss on his own..
Age 9-10: Eye-hand coordination to properly floss take until about 9-10 to develop. Make sure child brushes 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock w a pea-sized portion of toothpaste. Make sure you floss your child's teeth daily. N see your dentist for individualized oral hygiene instructions. Thanks for being so conscientious. ...Read more
Absolutely: And there can be many reasons, too numerous to mention here. To find out why the baby teeth are crooked, your child should see a growth and development specialist. See a pediatric dentist 98when only baby teeth are present, see an orthodontist once 1s't permanent tooth erupts, about age 7. Ask your family dentist for referral to the correct specialist. ...Read more
By Gods plan.: The primary or "baby teeth" will become lose due to root resorption caused by the erupting adult teeth. When they become lose encourage your child to "wiggle" the tooth to make it more lose. Some kids will not move the tooth and some primary teeth have to be removed by a dentist. ...Read more
Sure: Starvation can cause many developmental problems. I am curious as to why you ask about starvation. ...Read more
No: Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are important. ...Read more