If your child is experiencing pain from teething, remedies are available to help minimize the irritation. You can give your baby a teething ring or let him or her bite down on a cool cloth. Many over-the-counter pain medications are available for young children. However, it may be best to consult your child's healthcare provider before trying these treatments for teething pain.
How Can You Treat Teething Symptoms?
Treating a baby with significant pain from incoming first teeth (known as "teething") can be tricky. Parents need to walk the thin line between the desire to make your baby's pain go away and the possibility of overmedicating.
Natural Teething Remedies
Many healthcare providers recommend one of the following for safe and simple teething pain relief:
- Gently rub the sore gums with a clean finger.
- Let your baby bite down on a clean, cool, and damp washcloth (you can even stick it in the freezer for a few minutes).
- Let your baby bite on an ice cube wrapped securely in a clean cloth.
- Give your baby a teething ring. You can get one in any baby-goods aisle at the supermarket or drugstore. Some come gel-filled and some have tiny ridges or bumps that your baby can gnaw on to soothe the pain. They even make ones that you can stick in the freezer so that your baby can gnaw on something nice and cold.
When looking for items to give your baby to chew on, it is important to be mindful of the safety of the product. Avoid anything that could be a potential choking hazard. Beware of anything that has more than one part. If it can break or come apart, do not buy it. You should also not buy an item that has been dipped in a sugary substance.