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What are the best ways to help my baby while he is teething?

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Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faustanswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Soothing remedies: Teething is uncomfortable, and soothing a teething baby can be as challenging as soothing a colicky baby: tylenol (acetaminophen) / Ibuprofen to help relieve the discomfort; consider the following soothing topical oil: 1-2 drops of essential clove oil in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, apply to gums with cotton swab every couple hours for soothing effect. Teething symptoms can be confused with ear infections.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Usually: nothing: Most babies have absolutely no problem at all with teething-- there are all sorts of products being sold to "treat" teething, but keep in mind that people have been getting teeth for many, many years, without any trouble. We can't ask a baby how she feels, but I do know that my teething teenagers (who usually get molars at 12 or so) have no symptoms whatsoever.
Dr. Kiyan Mehdizadeh
Dentistry 9 years experience
Wait; no benzocaine: There are many soothing remedies. Whatever you do, avoid using numbing gels like anbesol or orajel. Anything that contains Benzocaine can precipitate a dangerous reaction called methemoglobinemia in a small baby.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Let them chew: Chewing on something cold and firm is helpful. One idea is to give them a damp washcloth that as been frozen in the freezer to chew on. Commercial teeth rings that can be frozen are available as well. Teething is a normal process. I would avoid medication like painkillers unless absolutely necessary. Most babies really don't need them.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Cold things: Have him suck on cold or frozen things. For example the frozen half of a bagel is excellent to chew on. Pain relief with tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen also works well.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
Let them chew: Chewing on something cold and firm is helpful. One idea is to give them a damp washcloth that as been frozen in the freezer to chew on. Commercial teeth rings that can be frozen are available as well. Teething is a normal process. I would avoid medication like painkillers unless absolutely necessary. Most babies really don't need them.
Dr. Jason Clark
Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry
Loving support: Provide loving support for your baby while teething. Treat the symptoms and keep your baby as comfortable as possible. Remind yourself that you most likely went through the same process and made it through.

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How can I help soothe my teething baby?

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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Teething remedies: Babies who are teething sometimes get pretty ornery. Chewing on safe, nontoxic cold teething toys or on an ice-cold wascloth can help. Also, some people find homeopathic teething remedies like boiron's camilia to be effective.
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What are the best ways to manage teething?

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Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
With patience!: Teething pain has dogged parents for centuries. There are myriad devices and strategies touted over the years; however, it is best to keep it simple. Swollen, tender gums from erupting teeth usually respond to appropriate doses of Acetaminophen or ibuprofen. On occasion, though, local comfort may be required. My favorite is to offer a frozen water-soaked washcloth. Simple, inexpensive, effective.
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What is the best thing to do for a teething baby?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Teething: If a pacifier is not successful, a clean cold washcloth or cold teething ring can be tried. The teething ring should be made of solid rubbery material - not fluid-filled. Acetaminophen by nouth can also give relief irritability. Do not use preparations with Benzocaine because it is harmful to baby's blood.
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What is the best treatment for a teething baby?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Teething: A wet cold (but not frozen) hand cloth or a chilled teething ring. Do not use orajel or similar products.
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How to help baby during teething?

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Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Bagels!: I like frozen cocktail bagels. The cold numbs the gums, the hard bread helps push the teeth out, and the kids seem to like working on it.

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