A teething baby may be a little fussy from discomfort.
It’s normal. Teeth are pushing through gums, after all.
The saliva helps soothe inflamed gums.
WANTING TO CHEW ON HARD THINGS
They’re trying to relieve pressure on the gums.
HAVING PUFFY, SORE GUMS AROUND LUMPS THAT FEEL HARD TO THE TOUCH
Be careful – old wives’ tales say that rubbing liquor on gums can numb them, but it can be harmful.
EXPERIENCING A SLIGHT TEETHING FEVER
A low-grade fever with teething is common, but a high fever over 101°F and diarrhea are not.*
*If your baby has either one, call your pediatrician.
Some tips for soothing sore gums
Gently rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger, or offer a teething ring/pacifier made of firm rubber.
Keep things cool
Chill a teething ring, pacifier or wet washcloth – but don’t fully freeze it. Anything too hard can damage your child’s delicate gums. You can also give your child cool, soft foods like applesauce or yogurt if he/she is eating solids.
What to avoid
Avoid rub-on teething gels or liquids for babies less than 2 years old. Many contain benzocaine, an ingredient that can cause dangerous side effects in young babies. Stay away from liquid-filled teething rings, as they may burst. Last, never tie a teething ring around your baby’s neck for easy access.
Keep your baby comfortable
Try a pain medicine containing acetaminophen – such as Infants’ TYLENOL® – to ease pain from teething and fever if your baby is uncomfortable.
If you have any questions, talk to your pediatrician.