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.