Guide to Teething Symptoms and Remedies
Your extra-cranky baby could be showing teething symptoms. Learn what to look for and find the best teething remedies for little mouths. Plus, check out 9 great teething toys
When to call the doctor
Because some signs of teething may actually be signs of illness, call if symptoms worsen (for instance, a low-grade fever reaches 101° F or higher) or linger for more than a couple of days. Same goes if no teeth have come in by 15 months, in which case your pediatrician may want you to take your child to a dentist for an x ray.
The teething process lasts about two years, but after the first few teeth come in, the process tends to be much less painful. (Experts aren't sure why that is -- it could be that babies get used to what teething feels like over time.) Once the first tooth appears, try to start cleaning it twice a day by rubbing gently with a washcloth. Whatever you do, don't put your baby to bed with a bottle or nurse him to sleep once his teeth come in, since he's now prone to cavities. This may be a tough time for your baby (and you), but with a little help, he'll have a lifetime of happy smiles.