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Is teething the reason my baby is crying and drooling more than usual?

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If your baby is crying and drooling excessively, they may be teething. Teething usually occurs between six months to three years of age, but may begin and end significantly later. Teething babies cry because of the pain caused by their new teeth pushing up through the sensitive tissue of the gums. Unusually excessive drooling may also occur, as well as lack of sleep and a resistance to eating. Teething is a perfectly normal process and does not usually require a  visit to a physician or dentist.
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As their teeth erupt, some babies may become fussy, sleepless and irritable, lose their appetite or drool more than usual. Diarrhea, rashes and a fever are not normal for a teething baby. If your infant has a fever or diarrhea while teething or continues to be cranky and uncomfortable, call your physician.

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