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Health Tip: Preparing for Baby's First Teeth

👤by HealthDay 0 comments 🕔Thursday, September 15th, 2016

(HealthDay News) -- Baby's first teeth signal an exciting time for new parents, but they can be a source of pain and discomfort for your little one.

Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Baby should cut the first teeth between 6 months and 12 months, but this can vary. Make sure your child gets fluoride (usually in tap water) by age 6 months. Soothe sore gums with gentle massage, something cold and soft to chew on or an occasional dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Don't use teething tablets, teething gels or teething necklaces. Brush baby's teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Talk to your dentist about whether to use a fluoride varnish. Take baby to the dentist when the first tooth emerges.

-- Diana Kohnle

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