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Your child’s teeth can erupt at any time, from when they are 10 weeks old to four months old. This can make the teething phase nerve wracking and unexpected. So, to help you know more about teething in Lake City, Florida, our Lake City Family Dental Center, PA dental team would like to tell you all about the teething signs to watch for. Those signs are:

-Drooling: When your child is teething, you’ll often see a lot of drool. In fact, you won’t believe your baby can drool so much. This often causes sopping wet clothes. To keep the clothes dry, fasten a bib around your child’s neck and gently wipe the drool away throughout the day.

-Biting: The pressure from the teeth poking through the gums can cause a lot of pain. That pain can be relieved by counter pressure, which involves biting. So, your child will try to bite on anything they can get their hands on.

-Crying: Because teething is so uncomfortable, your child will whimper and cry often. This is normal. However, the first erupted teeth are usually the most painful, so your child’s cries should dwindle away once they get used to the feeling of erupting teeth.

-Refusal to feed: The suction and pressure involved in eating often makes the pain worse. This can result in your child refusing to eat. Even though your child refuses, keep at it. It should go away within a few days. If it doesn’t, call your pediatrician and discuss your concerns.

-Interrupted sleep: The discomfort from teething doesn’t just occur during the day—it occurs at night as well. This usually results in interrupted sleep. When your child wakes up at night, see if they can settle themselves back to sleep. If they are still restless, you can soothe them by patting their back or by singing them a lullaby.

If your child is experiencing these symptoms, there is a high chance their teeth are starting to erupt from their gums. To learn more about teething, or for more tips about how to make teething a bit easier, please remember that you can always call our office at 386.752.1342 at your earliest convenience. Your dentist, Dr. Reeve Abraben, and our dental team is here to help you in any way we can!