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Posted by: zanu | 2004/11/02

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teething 5 months old

At which month does a baby start teething? I have 5 months old baby can I start giving him teething powder?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

There is no need to give teething power in advance. You will notice that the gums get red and swollen before the teeth erupts, which usually occur between 6-8 months.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/05

Babies don't teethe for months. When the teeth actually come through the gums it is sore.

Yes, leading up to the teeth coming through, the gums might ache, but a cooled teething ring or rubber teething ring will help with this.

Drooling is not from teething, it is because baby doesn't have teeth to hold the drool in. The salivary glands become active at about 3 months, and that is why babies start to drool at that age.

I agree with Dr. ananymous, only treat the symptoms when they are there.

Reply to Purple
Posted by: dr anonymous | 2004/11/04

Yes purples right.

You will know when your baby is teething. Can start at 3mo & the first tooth can actually come at 1yr!

So treat the syptoms only when they are there.

Reply to dr anonymous
Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/02

It is different for different babies.

You don't need to give teething powder or teething gel etc unless your baby is in pain from teething. Its not preventative. What happens is as the teeth are cutting, it hurts and the gel or powder provide topical relief.

Teething is not a developmental milestone like smiling, reaching for things, etc are.

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