How to Soothe a Teething Baby

Some tips for helping your teething baby through this painful, cranky phase. 

How to Soothe a Teething Baby

So your baby's crankier than usual and you think it's because she's starting to cut teeth. Teething or not, most babies will mouth, suck, and bite on just about anything—it's their way of exploring their surroundings. But when your baby's gums are swollen or sensitive, she'll chew on her own hands or your fingers whenever she gets the chance.

You can try to soothe her sore gums by rubbing them with a clean finger or damp gauze pad, like the Mayo Clinic recommends. You can do this for as much as a minute at a time; be firm yet gentle. However, if you'd prefer not to be a human chew-toy, look for the smallest, lightest-weight plastic teething ring you can find (this way, it won't hurt if she accidentally knocks herself in the face with it). Another good bet is a gel-filled ring you can chill in the refrigerator (never the freezer)—cool and flexible, it's the perfect teething texture. In a pinch, you can always use a cool, slightly damp washcloth for your baby to hold and chew.