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Reducing Biting in Teething Babies - Topic Overview

Some babies bite during teething, because they feel discomfort or pain. The most common symptoms of teething include:

  • Swelling, tenderness, or discomfort in the gums at the site of the erupting tooth.
  • Increased saliva, which can cause drooling. Drooling may cause a rash to develop on the chin, face, or chest.
  • Refusing to eat and drink because of mouth soreness.
  • Irritability and trouble sleeping because of the discomfort.

Teething rings or teethers can help ease your baby's discomfort from teething. Many items are available and clearly marked for this purpose. Make sure that items will not pose a choking hazard and are safe to put in a baby's mouth.

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Biting or chewing on a clean, frozen washcloth can also help relieve teething pain.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 21, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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