You’ve identified your baby is teething, now what? You can tell they are uncomfortable and possibly in pain here are some things you can do to help alleviate your baby’s discomfort or pain. Note, you may need to use all or some of these tips, one may not do that trick.

  1. An oldie but goodie – a wet frozen washcloth! Just like our moms did, wet and freeze a washcloth. The fabric and the coldness will assist in numbing and soothing the gums. The fabric allows baby to grab onto something while chewing.
  2. Distract them. Yeah seems easy enough, right? But distracting your baby with play and entertainment will help them with forgetting the nuisance.
  3. Rub ‘em. Rubbing your baby’s gums will help elevate and will soothe the pain. Who doesn’t like a good massage, this one is just in the form of massaging the gums.
  4. Pain Reliever. There are many over the counter pain relievers including topical solutions for your baby if the pain is just intolerable and the above tips don’t allow for any relief. Please consult your physician and also see this great article from Parenting.com about FDA Issues Warning About Drug in Teething Medication.

Teething is going to happen, there’s no way around it. Be prepared with some quick and easy things you can do to help relieve some of the irritability. We definitely do not recommend rubbing whiskey on the gums or any frozen foods, like frozen crackers or bagels as they can cause choking once soft. When in doubt, consult your medical provider.