baby teethingThe symptoms that accompany teething can be difficult for parents and babies alike. It can be painful to pop those baby teeth through gums! Here are five tips to help ease the pain.

Rub your baby’s gums. Use a clean finger or a moistened gauze pad to apply pressure that can ease the discomfort.

Keep things cool. Give your baby a cold washcloth, spoon or chilled teething ring to chew.

Reach for a veggie. If your little one is eating solid foods, try giving her a peeled, cold cucumber or carrot. Just keep a close eye to make sure no small pieces break off that could cause a choking hazard.

Ditch the drool. Drooling is part of the teething process, but it can cause skin irritation. Dry your baby’s chin and consider applying a moisturizer if chapped.

Try an OTC pain reliever. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can provide temporary pain relief if other remedies aren’t helping.

Teething symptoms can usually be handled at home. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns, or if your child develops a fever or seems particularly irritable.