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How can I soothe a teething baby?

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Often, something cold in your baby’s mouth helps. Try a cold pacifier, spoon, clean wet washcloth, or a solid (not liquid) refrigerated teething toy or ring.

A hard, unsweetened teething cracker can be comforting. If your baby is older than 6-9 months, you can offer cool water from a sippy cup, too.

You can also massage her gums by gently rubbing them with your clean finger.

If you’re nursing your baby, try dipping your fingers in cool water and massaging her gums before each feeding. That may keep her from biting your nipple while nursing.

From: Teething: Symptoms and Remedies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Teething: 4 to 7 Months,” “Teething Pain," “Children’s Oral Health," “Amber Teething Necklaces: A Caution for Parents."

American Dental Association/Mouth Healthy: “Teething.”

Massignan, C.  , published online March 2016. Pediatrics

FDA: “FDA Drug Safety Communication: Reports of a rare, but serious and potentially fatal adverse effect with the use of OTC benzocaine gels and liquids applied to the gums or mouth.”

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Teething: 4 to 7 Months,” “Teething Pain," “Children’s Oral Health," “Amber Teething Necklaces: A Caution for Parents."

American Dental Association/Mouth Healthy: “Teething.”

Massignan, C.  , published online March 2016. Pediatrics

FDA: “FDA Drug Safety Communication: Reports of a rare, but serious and potentially fatal adverse effect with the use of OTC benzocaine gels and liquids applied to the gums or mouth.”

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

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