Teething Pain

Medically Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on March 15, 2022

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

4. Prevent Rash

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