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Hear How Ear Infections Can Affect Your Baby’s Oral Health

Teething and ear infections are common problems that babies face in their first year. Teething and ear infections have many of the same symptoms, which is why you may be uncertain of whether your infant has an ear infection or is simply starting to teethe. Since they share so many symptoms, you may also wonder if there’s any connection between ear infections and your baby’s oral health.

How to Tell if It’s Teething

According to pediatric dentists, teething is a normal and natural infant dental health issue. It typically begins when your baby is four months old. By paying attention to your baby’s behavior, you’ll know that teething is to blame if you see the following symptoms:

  • Excessive fussiness
  • A low-grade fever
  • Repeatedly touching the gums
  • Often pulling on the ears
  • Difficulty sleeping

When it Sounds Like an Ear Infection

Infants frequently experience ear infections, so don’t be alarmed if your baby develops this condition. Even though ear infections and teething share many symptoms, pediatric dentists say that ear infections are caused by bacteria and there has been clear evidence that one causes the other. But it’s still easy to mistake the pain of an ear infection for an infant dental health issue like teething. To tell if your baby has an ear infection, heed these signs of suffering:

  • Frequent fussiness
  • A higher fever
  • Cold-like symptoms
  • Runny nose
  • Ear pain

How to Handle What’s Bothering Your Baby

First, you need to look at your baby’s symptoms and decide whether your infant has an infection or is simply starting to teethe. If you think that it’s an ear infection, call your pediatrician immediately because your baby may need antibiotics to fight the infection. But if you think that teething is the reason, try these proven techniques to ease your baby’s oral health pain:

  • Create a soothing teething ring by freezing a wet washcloth for the child to gnaw on.
  • Gently massage your infant’s sore gums with water or a soft-bristled infant brush.
  • Ask your pediatric dentist about giving your child a mild pain reliever.

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