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Did you know that some babies are born with their first tooth? Or that other children won’t get their first tooth until they are over a year old? Generally though, children get their first tooth when they are between four and six months old.

Naturally, most parents are excited when a baby’s first tooth peeks through—though their excitement can be short-lived, especially when their baby gets grumpy. Fortunately, if your baby is teething, there are a few things you can try.

The first thing you can do is give your child something to chew on, such as a chilled teething ring or cold waffle. Cold foods can numb your baby’s gums and make it easier for the tooth to break through. Similarly, giving your child something flavorful, such as frozen watermelon or banana can have any of the same benefits while distracting your child.

In fact, distracting your child is another option you should consider. Try giving your baby a favorite toy or showing them a video they enjoy. Similarly, you can try holding or playing with your little one,

Of course, medication is another option you should probably consider. You can try ibuprofen and Tylenol, though you should probably discuss it with your dentist first. Generally, you shouldn’t give your child ibuprofen before he or she is a year old. Typically, you can give your child Tylenol when they are about six months old. Also, you may consider using a topical cream.They work quickly, but should be used cautiously.

Finally, if your child has a fever of 101° F or more or has diarrhea, please contact your doctor. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Greenwood Dental & Orthodontics at 323-215-1400. Our entire team—including Dr. Spartak Delakyan—is excited to hear from you soon!