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Typ e of cr y
Frequent and moany.
O t h e r sy m p to m s
Poss i b l e ca u se s
Babies are born with their teeth but these
generally don't start coming through
the gums until they are about six to nine
months old. The first ones to appear are
usually the bottom front two incisors and
then the top front two incisors, with the
second molars usually the last to erupt
at 18 to 30 months.
Wh at yo u ca n d o
Give her something to chew on; teething
rings or hard toys that won't break and
she can hold easily in her hand.
If your baby is over six months old
you can give her pieces of raw fruit and
vegetables to chew, having chilled them in
the fridge to soothe inflamed gums, but
she must be supervised to avoid choking.
Teething gels and herbal teething
powders can be useful and, if the pain is
constant, try children's liquid painkillers.
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Ty pe o f cry Persistent,
particularly at night time.
O the r sy mpto ms
This often comes two or three days
after a cold; your baby's temperature
may go up and he might start
tugging at his ear and be unsettled
with frequent crying. Your baby may
start feeding and then pull away
because it hurts him to swallow.
Po ssi bl e cause s
The cold may cause the middle ear
to become swollen and this traps
fluid inside the ear, creating a warm,
wet environment where bacteria
and viruses can spread.
The infection causes the eardrum
to become inflamed and swell, which
will make your baby's temperature
rise as his body fights the infection.
What yo u can d o
Offer your baby lots of feeds, if you
are breastfeeding, to keep him
hydrated. If your baby is formulafed or on solids, make sure you offer
extra water. You can treat the pain
with children's liquid painkillers
ibuprofen and paracetamol.
It's a good idea to consult a GP
if your baby is younger than three
months, his symptoms don't
improve after 24 hours, he is in
a lot of pain or if there is fluid
coming out of his ear. If the
infection is bacterial the GP will
prescribe antibiotics, otherwise it is
likely it will improve in a few days.
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Red cheeks and excessive dribbling and
drooling are a sure sign of teething, as is
a rash on the chin caused by the dribble.
Often your baby will rub her ear on the
side where the tooth is coming through.
Being unsettled at night is another
sign and she will also bite and chew on
anything she can get her hands on.