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Dentistry for Babies
Teething can change the mood of a baby from sweetness to crabbiness.
Teething can affect abruptly the eating and sleeping patterns of the baby.
For the infant, new teeth bring on varying degrees of discomfort and distress.
What should parents do ?
Use a small hand towel, wet it in ice cold water, and gently rub it over the gums of the complaining child. Use caution when using the towel as to avoid creating the choking hazard. You will see an immediate response, because coldness reduces rapidly the blood supply, and it numbs the gum area. If the baby is crying more than usual and continues to cry, you can apply a small dab of Benzocain (10%), which will sooth the tissues, and let you all get some rest too.