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So you think your toddler may be teething. The first teeth appear between 6 and 10 months and are usually the bottom two front teeth or the top two front teeth. Common signs of teething include drooling and chewing on everything. Signs not included in teething are high fever, diarrhea or diaper rash. 

Things you can do to help your child with teething include massage their gums with your fingers, using a teething ring – made of firm rubber - that’s been cooled in the refrigerator or using children’s Ibuprofen or Tylenol. 

Things not to be used during teething include oral numbing gels or teething tablets which are not FDA approved and usually just make your child go to sleep. Once the teeth come through, it’s important to clean them.  In the beginning you can just brush your child’s teeth with a toothbrush that does not include toothpaste.

Once they are old enough to spit out the toothpaste, you can add it to the toothbrush.