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Should I consult my child's doctor about teething?

Yes, you can talk to your child's doctor about what to expect when your child teethes. He or she can give you good ideas on how to deal with your child's symptoms.
Teething is a normal part of development but 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.
In most cases, you do not need to contact a dentist or physician about teething. Because teething is a natural part of growth and development, your child's body is well equipped to handle the rigors of the process. Most remedies to relieve pain from teething do not require a prescription. Use your best judgment, however; if your child’s pain seems unusual or you read a temperature of greater than 100 degrees F, see a dentist or physician.

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