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    Teething Pain

    Teething pain can be hard for babies and parents alike. Treatment at home can help.

    Call Doctor If:

    • Your child has a fever of 101° F or higher, has diarrhea, is dehydrated, or seems especially cranky; these are not typical symptoms of teething.

    1. Offer Something to Chew on

    • Use a firm rubber teether.
    • Avoid teethers filled with liquid, which can leak, or freezable teethers, which may be too cold or hard.
    • Never tie a teether around a baby's neck -- it's a choking hazard.

    2. Soothe the Gums

    • Gently massage the gums with a cool wet washcloth or a clean finger.
    • If your child is eating solid foods, offer cold applesauce or yogurt.

    3. Use Medication if a Pediatrician Recommends It

    • Use baby acetaminophen (Tylenol) to dull pain. Do not use ibuprofen unless the baby is at least 6 months old.
    • Do not use topical pain medicine that contains benzocaine. They could cause dangerous side effects. Benzocaine can be found in over-the-counter products such as Baby Orajel.

    4. Prevent Rash

    • Keep a cloth with you to wipe away drool from baby's chin.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on March 30, 2016

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