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How to get a teething baby to eat?

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Dr. Thomas V. Dembski
Dentistry 41 years experience
Topical anesthetic: The baby will eat when hungry enough. No need to coax or worry. SOFT foods and COLD foods will make it easier. Teething on a liquid-filled ring just out of the freezer will keep the inflamed tissues around the teething area more comfortable. Using an over-the-counter anesthetic such as Chloraseptic liquid painted with a soft cloth or artist's brush can numb the area temporarily.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Teething: There are many of things you can do before resorting to pain relief products or teething gels. Apply cold spoon over your baby's sore gums to numb the pain, give your baby a teething ring. The teething gels usually contain a local anesthetic and an antiseptic, will alleviate the pain and prevent infection. Rec.: check with your pediatrician for more information.
Dr. Eyal Simchi
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
Ibuprofen: If your child is really miserable due to teething ibuprofen can help. Cold is also sometimes soothing so a smoothie Ice pop can get the needed calories and fluids. If your child is really not eating you can try chilled or frozen pediasure until he/she feels a little better. Good Luck!

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