This is the time when teeth break through the surface of the gums in an infant.

What to look for:
*  crying more than usual.
*  dribbling increases
*  chewing on fingers and rubbing the mouth.
*  swollen and red gums.
*  loose bowel movements - but should not be diarrhoea
*  pulling on ears
*  refusal to suck on breast or bottle.
*  there will be NO fever

Starting at about 4 or 5 months onwards you may notice the start of some of the symptoms above. By approximately 7 or 8 months of age, your child will usually be teething tirelessly.

Causes and treatment

The new teeth grow upwards towards the surface of the gums and break through the skin causing pain.

Traditional Treatment :
There are certain things which can be done to relieve the discomfort of this stage in life.

This is a normal stage in the growing up of your child and you do not need to see a doctor unless the child shows signs of illness or extreme continual distress.

Teething Problems

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