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What are the best ways to ease my baby's teething pain?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Teething toy/Tylenol

Your baby may be the most happy gnawing on his/her own hands more than anything! try a teething ring (some babies like it cold) or a teething toy as well.
If your baby seems very uncomfortable, you can try a weight appropriate dosage of Acetaminophen (or Ibuprofen if your baby is over 6 months). Try to avoid orajel or medicated teething tablets; the risk of side effects may outweigh the benefits.

In brief: Teething toy/Tylenol

Your baby may be the most happy gnawing on his/her own hands more than anything! try a teething ring (some babies like it cold) or a teething toy as well.
If your baby seems very uncomfortable, you can try a weight appropriate dosage of Acetaminophen (or Ibuprofen if your baby is over 6 months). Try to avoid orajel or medicated teething tablets; the risk of side effects may outweigh the benefits.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Oscar Novick
A frozen half of a bagel works great
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Chew chew

Babies need to chew, especially when teeth are coming in.
Chewing on something with a "knobby" texture, or something cool, can help a lot. If you baby has moderate pain, and is irritable, you can use a teething gel directly on the swollen gum, or in some cases, give tylenol (acetaminophen) as directed by your doctor.

In brief: Chew chew

Babies need to chew, especially when teeth are coming in.
Chewing on something with a "knobby" texture, or something cool, can help a lot. If you baby has moderate pain, and is irritable, you can use a teething gel directly on the swollen gum, or in some cases, give tylenol (acetaminophen) as directed by your doctor.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Something Cold

There are several approaches.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help. Local anesthetic such as oragel provides very short lived relief. Take a clean washcloth and run it under cold water. Let the baby suck on this as needed. This works as well as any teething ring as the cold helps numb the area and the roughness relieves the discomfort.

In brief: Something Cold

There are several approaches.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help. Local anesthetic such as oragel provides very short lived relief. Take a clean washcloth and run it under cold water. Let the baby suck on this as needed. This works as well as any teething ring as the cold helps numb the area and the roughness relieves the discomfort.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Debi Williams
The washcloth tip is excellent and cleans the teeth as they erupt. The FDA took Infant Orajel off the market due to possible deadly side effects in infants.
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