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Child having swollen gums, tender to touch. Is he teething?

My 14month old son has got swollen gums and they are tender to touch. The swelling is about 3times the usual size of the gum, on both sides of his lower jaw and just about the size of a tooth . He now frequently pokes his hands in his mouth and is sometimes abit clingy. I didn t notice any swelling when he had other teeth so I am abit worried. Is he teething?
Asked On : Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
hello there ,

Eruption of milk teeth starts at the age of 6 to 7 months in childrens , it starts with lowere front teeth followed by upper front teeth and so on ..

small amount of swelling in the gums , pain and fever in some childrens are signs of teething.

But gross swelling of the gums at the age 14 months may be the sing of inflmmation of gums knows as gingivitis .

Gingival inflammation is caused due to poor oral hygiene and bactrial deposition of plaque , sometimes viral and bacterial infection of the gums.

exact diagnosis can be made only after clinical examination so i would suggest you to consult a pedodontist and get the evaluation done .

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response

Thanks for posting your query,

As your baby is of 14 month old,the swollen gums may be due to the result of erupting milk teeth.

You can give carrot pieces to chew to your baby as it can enhance tooth eruption.

Please do wait until the tooth erupts.
If symptoms persisits more than 2 months time,please do visit a dentist.

Always clean your baby'S mouth with moist cotton after every feed.

Teething usually causes,irritation,fever,diarrhoea,nausea ,headache,restlessness children.

Teeth rings can be given to bite on for your child.

hope this helps.
Answered: Fri, 22 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for posting the query,

Teething usually starts at the age of six months, it is usually associated with swelling of gums , pain and fever , diarrhoe, restlessness and irritation , this symptoms usually begins before 2-5 days before tooth shows and disappears as soon as the tooth breaks the skin.

Large amount of swelling covering both jaws can also be because of poor oral hygiene leadind to gingivitis and some bacterial infections.

I would suggest you to visit to an Pedodontist and get checkup done.

Provide safe objects to your child to chew, use clean fingers or a clean handkerchief gently rub baby's gums.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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