From about six months old, an infant’s first teeth erupt and it can be a difficult time for both baby and parents. Symptoms of teething include irritability, drooling and difficulty sleeping because the baby’s gums may be inflamed and sensitive. Some simple home treatments that can help alleviate the child’s discomfort are:

– Gently massaging the gums with a finger

– Keeping the child relaxed with warm baths

– Soothing pain with chilled items to chew on such as teething rings

Teething should proceed naturally and consulting a dentist is rarely necessary. However, if the child seems overly distressed the dentist may suggest a teething gel “to provide your baby with quick relief” and more tips can be found at