Baby Teething Information

My daughter is six months old and is exclusively breastfeeding. When she has new teeth coming in she only wants to nurse and refuses solids. Should I be concerned?

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Often, when a baby is ill or teething they want to return to nursing for awhile. In this case it is important for you to be flexible. When the upset is over she will most likely return to solids. Just be sure you continue to offer them to her so that when she is ready to get back to them, they are there for her.

It may help her gums for her to teethe on a stale bagel or a frozen piece of banana. There are also several "teething" crackers on the market you can choose from, or you can make your own simply by hardening just about any bread in a slow oven (150 to 200) for about 20 minutes. This is a way of helping to relieve the discomfort while keeping her in touch with solids and feeding herself.

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