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Teething Overview

What is teething?
An infant is teething when the baby teeth are breaking through the gums. The gums become inflamed and irritated. Teething occurs between the ages of 6 months and 2 years.

What are the symptoms of teething?
Symptoms of teething include the desire to chew on objects, excessive drooling, and mild gum redness, swelling or tenderness. Although contrary to popular belief, studies show that a child who is teething is no more likely to have a fever than a child who is not teething.

How does the doctor treat teething?
Treatment for teething may include a soft diet, teething gel, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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