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How can you soothe sore gums if your baby is teething?

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When your baby’s teeth start to poke through the gums, it can make her fussy and cranky. The best way to help is to put pressure on the gums. You can massage them with a clean finger or give your baby a rubber teething ring to chew on. Cool objects help, too. Take care it’s not too cold. Put the ring in the fridge, not the freezer.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Risk Posed by Popular Teething Meds Prompts FDA Warning to Parents, Physicians."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Signs and Symptoms of Primary Tooth Eruption: A Meta-analysis," "Teething: 4 to 7 Months."

American Dental Association: "Teething."

Mayo Clinic: "Common cold in babies: Symptoms and causes." "Sick baby? When to seek medical attention."

Nemours Foundation: "Teething Tots."

News release, American Academy of Pediatrics, February 2016.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 3, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Risk Posed by Popular Teething Meds Prompts FDA Warning to Parents, Physicians."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Signs and Symptoms of Primary Tooth Eruption: A Meta-analysis," "Teething: 4 to 7 Months."

American Dental Association: "Teething."

Mayo Clinic: "Common cold in babies: Symptoms and causes." "Sick baby? When to seek medical attention."

Nemours Foundation: "Teething Tots."

News release, American Academy of Pediatrics, February 2016.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 3, 2019

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