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QA33: When do teeth come in? What do you do for teething? Can I give my child Tylenol? Is it safe to use those numbing gels?

Teeth start appearing for most infants between 4-7 months of age. To make your child more comfortable, you can offer a frozen wet washcloth, teething ring, or massage their gums with your clean fingers. Tylenol is usually not necessary. Numbing gels are generally ineffective as they wash away within a few minutes. If your child has a fever > 101 degrees, they should be seen in the office as teething does not cause a fever over 100.6. Once teeth have appeared, you should brush them twice daily with a flouride-free tooth paste and baby toothbrush. – by Kathleen Carr, PNP, and Steve Mendes, MD

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