Infants begin teething between four and six months of age. The first teeth to come in are often the bottom two middle teeth, followed by the two upper central teeth.

Symptoms associated with teething are increased drooling, swollen gums, increased fussiness and general discomfort. A slight temperature is frequently associated with teething, but a temperature over 100.4 is atypical and your pediatrician should be called.

Treatment for teething consists of applying a cool wash cloth to your child’s gums, applying teething gels like Nums‐it or Orajel, allowing your child to gnaw on a cooled soft toy like a “teething ring” and finally giving Tylenol or Motrin (if older than six months) if your child has significant discomfort.