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How to Ease Teething Pain

By Carrie Perles ; Updated April 18, 2017
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When your child is teething, all of your normal calming techniques -- rocking, patting, shushing, swaddling -- seem to go out the window. It's a simple fact: teething hurts. You can ease your child's pain by putting pressure or cold objects on her gums, giving her medication or trying natural remedies.

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Rub your baby's gums with a clean fingertip or a damp gauze pad. The pressure can ease the pain.

Give your baby something cold to chew on. Use a refrigerated teething toy, pacifier or a wet washcloth that you've put in the freezer for an hour. For babies who prefer room-temperature chewing toys, try common objects from around the house, such as wooden blocks, spoons or basic baby toys.

Give your child a food to chew on, if you've already introduced solid foods. This can help with teething pain, according to Mayo Clinic. A chilled bagel works well for most babies, but, if your baby refuses cold foods, try one at room temperature instead.

Dry up any drool often to prevent the additional pain of skin irritation. Leaving drool sitting on your baby's lips or chin can lead to red, chapped skin, which only makes the teething process worse.

Ask your doctor about giving your child either an over-the-counter topical anesthetic or an infant painkiller. Rub a small amount of topical anesthetic meant for teething babies on your baby's gums, or give your baby an appropriate dose of acetaminophen (older than 3 months) or ibuprofen (older than 6 months), as your doctor recommends.

Talk to your doctor about trying a natural remedy for teething pain. Natural options may include amber teething necklaces or homeopathic teething tablets.

Things You Will Need

  • Gauze pad
  • Washcloth
  • Teething toys
  • Bagel
  • Cloth diaper
  • Infant Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen

Tip

If your baby refuses to take medicine, try holding a plastic tube syringe in the corner of her mouth and squirting the medicine in slowly. You can also try giving your baby a pacifier and slipping the syringe in between pacifier sucks.

Warning

Do not try a natural or homeopathic remedy without clearing it with your pediatrician or other health care practitioner. Do not offer your child a frozen teething toy. The extreme cold can harm his gums. According to the National Reye's Syndrome Foundation, you should never give aspirin to your baby or anyone under the age of 19. Do not offer your child foods or objects that could be choking hazards.

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About the Author

Keren (Carrie) Perles is a freelance writer with professional experience in publishing since 2004. Perles has written, edited and developed curriculum for educational publishers. She writes online articles about various topics, mostly about education or parenting, and has been a mother, teacher and tutor for various ages. Perles holds a Bachelor of Arts in English communications from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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