Easing the Pain
The worst part of teething -- for the parent, at least -- is seeing a child in pain. Techniques for easing the pain include:
- A teething ring: Soft plastic or liquid-filled rings are the best kinds; some can be frozen for extra numbing comfort. But avoid the type with baubles floating inside, since a determined infant might be able to gnaw through it and swallow the little objects.
- A safe, firm, nontoxic object: Even something as simple as a wet washcloth that your baby can chew on will provide relief.
- Teething gel: In some cases, your child may need an over-the-counter infant teething gel, which will temporarily numb her gums.
- Acetaminophen or ibuprofen: An age-appropriate dose of an infants' liquid pain reducer can provide temporary relief.
Originally published May 2001.
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