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Teething in children and the alleviation of symptoms.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12415773     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Teething is a normal process by which an infant begins to cut the first teeth (primary dentition). On average, infants begin teething at six months and by the age of three years all the first teeth have erupted. A variety of symptoms can accompany teething including sensitive and painful gums, mouth ulceration, drooling, feeding difficulties, lack of sleep and crying, all of which result in a distressed child and anxious parent. Some teething symptoms can be alleviated effectively at home with teething aids such as cold teething rings. In addition, over-the-counter treatments are available which provide pain relief and are mainly in the form of analgesic and anaesthetic gels, some of which also possess antiseptic properties. Gels such as those containing choline salicylate can be applied direct to the gums specifically to relieve pain and inflammation.
Mark Jones
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of family health care     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1474-9114     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Health Care     Publication Date:  2002  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-11-05     Completed Date:  2002-11-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101142028     Medline TA:  J Fam Health Care     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  12-3     Citation Subset:  N    
Royal College of Nursing, London.
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MeSH Terms
Analgesics / therapeutic use
Anesthetics, Local / therapeutic use
Pain / prevention & control*
Tooth Eruption* / physiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Analgesics; 0/Anesthetics, Local

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