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-formula 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 your baby's chin.