How to Soothe a Teething Baby

Babies are born without teeth – while it may seem like a minor issue, it can actually be quite painful for babies as their teeth start popping out. This moment in their development is called teething and it comes along with a few noticeable symptoms. You should very easily be able to notice when your child begins teething.

Common Symptoms While Teething:

  • Consistent drooling
  • Desire to chew on objects
  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Constant small fevers
  • Tender or sore gums

Teething may cause minor fevers up to roughly 99 F (37.2 C). However, teething should not cause temperatures much higher than that. If you notice very high fevers or severe diarrhea, this is not caused by your child’s teething and you should visit a doctor immediately.

How to Ease the Pain for Your Baby

Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to prevent your children from growing their teeth. The process is painful and can last several months, but there are a few tips that you can try in order to ease the pain for your baby. We encourage you to try as many of these tricks as possible until you find one that helps reduce the pain for your child.

Apply Pressure: Applying a bit of pressure onto the gums can help reduce the pain for your little one. You can use your bare finger, but make sure to wash your hands thoroughly beforehand. Or you can use a damp gauze pad to apply pressure.

Get Rid of the Drool: During teething phases, it’s normal to experience excessive drooling. However, the excess saliva can end up irritating the gums even more. It’s a good idea to keep a dry cloth nearby at all times and remove any excess saliva when possible.

Feed Your Child Hard Foods: Your baby will want to gnaw and chew on hard things while teething. Much like when you apply pressure to the gums, this helps reduce some of the pain. By giving your baby a carrot or cucumber, you will be able to soothe some of their pain. Just be careful and watch them constantly to avoid small pieces breaking off and becoming a choking hazard.

Over the Counter Medicine: Some over-the-counter medicines will be sufficient to help reduce the pain that your child is experiencing. Children’s Tylenol and children’s Motrin are excellent for reducing the pain. Just make sure you don’t end up giving them too much, as that could result in a visit to the emergency room.

The symptoms of teething will usually start at around the 6-month mark and can last several months. In fact, your child may not have all of their teeth until they are 2 years old. This doesn’t mean they will experience severe pain throughout the entire duration, but it will certainly be uncomfortable for them.

Once the new teeth start popping up, it’s a good idea to rub them daily with a clean washcloth. This will help alleviate some pain and can also reduce the amount of bacteria buildup. You don’t need to start brushing the teeth with toothpaste until the age of 3, but wiping the teeth with a washcloth until then is an ideal practice.

While teething is never an easy phase, it can certainly be easier by using the tips above.