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HealthWiki > Where There Is No Dentist > Chapter 7 Part 1: Problems You Will See Most Often > Teething


When babies and small children first get their teeth, it is called teething. This can make the child unhappy, because his gums are sore.

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Teething does not cause fever, head colds, or cough.

But a child can have any of these problems at the same time as he gets a new tooth.
Treatment:

If the child has another sickness, do not blame it on teething. Look for another cause and treat it separately. Also, do not cut the gum over the new tooth. Let the tooth grow through the gum by itself.

  1. Give acetaminophen for pain and fever.
  2. Give the child something hard to bite against. This will help the tooth to grow through the gums faster. For example, let him chew on a dry hard biscuit.



This page was updated:19 Feb 2018