How can I help my baby sleep while he's teething?

Q: How can I help my baby sleep while he's teething?

A: It's normal for babies to have trouble sleeping through the night because of teething discomfort. Disregard the old wives' tales about rubbing whisky or another alcoholic beverage on his gums to placate him -- it could be dangerous. Instead, ask your pediatrician or dentist whether you can give your child an appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen. During the day, teething rings and other specially designed chewing toys can be extremely comforting. Often, these objects can also be chilled in the refrigerator, which is a bonus, because the coolness can help take the edge off the pain. --Deborah Pike Olsen

Originally published in Parents magazine, May 2003. Updated 2009

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