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What are the best solutions for my baby's teething pain?

Related Topics: Teething, Pain, Baby
 

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Teething pain is very common, and there are a few things that parents can do to help:

  • Give your baby a freezable teething ring or a pacifier that you can stick in the freezer. The cold can help decrease the inflammation, which is really what causes the pain.
  • Wet a washcloth with cool water and let baby gnaw on it a bit to relieve some pain and inflammation.
    Massage your baby's gums with your finger.
  • Infant acetaminophen (Panadol, Pediapap, or Tylenol) may help as well. It will help with the pain, won't cause any other side-effects, and baby may actually sleep a little bit better.

The FDA issued a warning about teething medications that contain benzocaine, such as Anbesol, Baby Orajel, and Orabase.  They have advised parents and care takers not to use products with benzocaine in children younger than age 2. Benzocaine has been associated with a condition called methemoglobinemia that can affect a baby's oxygen levels.

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  1. Rub your baby's gums. Use a clean finger or moistened gauze pad to rub your baby's gums. 
  2. Keep it cool. A cold washcloth, spoon or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby's gums. 
  3. Try hard foods.
  4. Dry the drool. 
  5. Try an over-the-counter remedy.
Also it is important that you start maintaining the oral health of your infant as soon you see the symptoms of teething to avoid future dental problems. There are dental clinics which consists of skilled and experienced pediatricians. 

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