Helping Your Child Get through Teething

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Teething isn’t an enjoyable process for a parent, especially when they’re unsure of how to help their baby get through it. Well, good news parents! Today we are going to give you some helpful ways you can help your baby get through the teething process.

1. Over-the-counter medications

Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help soothe your upset teething baby. Try and avoid teething medications that contain the pain reliever, benzocaine. This product has been linked to conditions that limit the amount of oxygen in the blood. But medications like Tylenol, Children’s Motrin or Advil, are generally safe to use.

2. Cooling treatments

If nothing seems to work, consider trying a cool washcloth or chilled teething ring. Both of these, once placed on your infants gums, can be soothing for their gums. It’s important to remember that frozen teething rings or objects can be harmful to your baby because of the extreme cold.

3. Using your own finger

Rubbing your baby’s gums with a clean finger can be a great way to relieve some of the discomfort they are feeling. The pressure you place on the gums will help provide relief, almost like a little massage.

Dr. Markham and Dr. Lund recommend scheduling your child’s first appointment when they have 8-10 teeth in their mouth. This is usually between the ages of 18 months and 2 years old. If your child still takes a bottle to sleep, or if you notice any discoloration earlier than 18 months, please call our office for an appointment. To schedule your appointment, give our office a call today at 801-373-4200.