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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 more, has diarrhea, 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.
  • Give your baby a bottle filled with cool water. If your baby is younger than 1, don't give too much water, because his kidneys are not fully developed.

3. Use Medication if a Pediatrician Recommends It

  • Use baby acetaminophen (Tylenol) to dull pain.
  • Do not use topical pain relievers applied to the gums. They could cause dangerous side effects.

 

4. Prevent Rash

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

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Kathy Empen, MD on October 08, 2013

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