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Medicinal Remedies for Teething

To help relieve any discomfort or pain, you can give your infant an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Infant Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®). Make sure to check with your baby's healthcare provider on the dose size that is appropriate for your baby (see Infant Tylenol Dosage for more information).
 
There are also gels, pastes, liquids, and swabs available over-the-counter that can help with teething pain. Although many parents report success with such products, some children find the numbing sensation to be even more disturbing than the actual pain. In addition, care must be taken to avoid giving such products too frequently or at a higher-than-recommended dosage.
 
There are also homeopathic teething remedies available, such as teething tablets. These products have not been shown to be safe or effective, however, and are not as closely regulated as other types of medications.
 

Teething Remedy Precautions

Some of the most commonly used pain relief methods for teething have raised concern in the medical community. Many of those concerns center on the safety of the over-the-counter medication options. The main concerns are:
 
  • Anesthetic teething gels that contain benzocaine can cause a rare but serious side effect known as methemoglobinemia (a blood condition that affects the levels of oxygen in the blood and tissues).
     
  • The danger associated with giving children aspirin or aspirin-containing products. Aspirin has been linked to brain and liver disorders, as well as Reye's syndrome. Never give your baby aspirin.
     
  • Homeopathic teething tablets, while popular with parents, are not regulated as closely as other types of medications. This means that the safety and effectiveness of such products are uncertain.
     
  • Parents often believe that teething symptoms are present for weeks or even months before a tooth appears. This belief may lead to chronic (and unnecessary) medication use.
     
Always consult your child's healthcare provider before giving your baby any teething gels, medications, or homeopathic remedies.
 
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