Teething

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Teething facts

  • Teething is the process by which a baby's teeth erupt, or break through, the gums. Teething generally occurs between 6 to 24 months of age.


  • Symptoms of teething include irritability, tender and swollen gums, and the infant wanting to place objects or fingers into the mouth in an attempt to reduce discomfort. Fever, cough, diarrhea, and cold symptoms are not found when a child is teething.


  • Oral over-the-counter pain relievers (acetaminophen [Tylenol] or ibuprofen [Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever]) generally provide relief of symptoms.


  • Topical medications containing benzocaine may cause serious and potentially lethal side effects and should not be used to treat teething symptoms.

What is teething?

Teething is the process by which an infant's teeth erupt, or break through, the gums. Teething is also referred to as "cutting" of the teeth. Teething is medically termed odontiasis.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/5/2013

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