6 doctors weighed in:
What are the best ways to help my baby while he is teething?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Howard Schneider
Dr. Howard Schneider
Thank
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Kiyan Mehdizadeh
Dr. Kiyan Mehdizadeh
Thank
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Thank
Dr. Russell Faust
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faust
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Board Certified, Pediatrics
13 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors