Soothing and Teething

Soothe Teething Baby

How can I soothe my teething baby?

You may need to try a few methods to see what works best for your child:

A wet or frozen wash cloth - (leave one end dry so they can get a good grip). The thick fabric feels good, and the icy cold numbs sore gums. A teething toy that's been chilled in the refrigerator also works, but frozen toys will be too harsh on an infant's sensitive gums.

If the tooth is still deep in the gum and hasn't formed a painful bruise, counterpressure or friction where it's about to erupt can work wonders. Try rubbing the area with your clean finger (bare or wrapped in a washcloth).

Infant acetaminophen and ibuprofen are good bets for temporary pain relief, as are topical oral anesthetics, as long as you don't exceed the recommended dosage.

Distraction. Teething pain is like headache pain -- it causes chronic, low-grade discomfort. You can often soothe your child simply by getting her mind off the pain. Give them more one-on-one time or offer a new toy. And don't underestimate the healing power of touch: A little extra cuddling on the sofa may be all that's needed to take a child's mind off their mouth.

When should I call the doctor?

Because some signs of teething may actually be signs of illness, call if symptoms worsen (for instance, a low-grade fever reaches 38° C or higher) or linger for more than a couple of days. Same goes if no teeth have come in by 15 months, in which case your paediatrician may want you to take your child to a dentist for an x-ray.

Teething can last up to 2 years, but after the first few teeth come in it seems to become less painful, its thought it could be that babies get used to what teething is after a period of time.

How do I look after my baby's teeth?

Once the first tooth or teeth appears begin cleaning it twice a day by rubbing gently with a soft cloth. Its important to look after your babies teeth from the beginning, its going to be a tough time for your baby (and you), but with a little help, he'll have a lifetime of happy smiles.