As infant teeth penetrate the gums, inflammation and sensitivity sometimes occur. Infants can become irritable and salivation increases dramatically to drooling level. Teething can begin as early as 3 months of age despite the first tooth not erupting until usually nearer the 6th month. There is little evidence that systemic disturbances such as fever, facial rashes or mild diarrhea can result from teething, though these and other conditions have often been blamed on it. Low grade fevers may be associated with teething. Many children go through teething without any apparent problem, whereas others have significant discomfort. There is no proven treatment although an ice ring for the child to chew on may relieve some discomfort.
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