Some babies do not feel any discomfort at all when teething but others feel a cutting pain that is only relieved by gnawing on something. Do not let your child chew on anything that can break into smaller bits that can be swallowed or that has sharp edges that could harm the child’s mouth. Instead, give your child a rubber teething ring that has been chilled in the freezer to help distract him or her from the pain.
If you do not have a real teething ring, available in most drug stores and toy stores, available then you can stick a wet washcloth in the freezer for about thirty minutes and let your baby gnaw on that.
If your baby is in terrible pain you can administer a pain reliever but check with your doctor to see which over-the-counter remedy is recommended for you. Most will recommend acetaminophen. There are no prescription medications that are routinely prescribed for teething. Do not give a baby aspirin for teething as it can cause stomach bleeding or irritation. Baby Paracetamol is the best – such as Calpol, Ibuprofen which can also relieve inflammation,
Never give any medication to a baby under 3 months old without first checking with your GP or Health Visitor. One rule to this is that once your baby has started having the first lot of baby immunisations, then it is fine and appropriate to give pain relief to help prevent fever,
You should absolutely avoid administering topical medications that contain benzocaine. This numbing substance can cause a rare but serious complication that can cause methemoglobinemia which prevents red blood cells from carrying oxygen to the blood and even be lethal.
The symptoms of teething are usually quite obvious and include drooling, crying in the middle of the night and a refusal to eat because of sore gums. Some babies rub the ear or cheek region which is where they feel the pain of emerging molars.
You could also use a dummy or pacifier which you have stored in the fridge for a short while as the cooling effect will often help the baby’s sore gums. (Don’t store the teether in the freezer, because it can become very hard when it freezes, that it might damage your baby’s gums.) There are a variety of refrigerated teethers on the market, including some that have plastic handles so your baby’s hands won’t get cold.
There are some herbal remedies available too, but be very careful which ones you go for as these may sound harmless, they can be quite strong for young babies.
I always recommend Ashton and Parson’s Teething powder. This herbal remedy has been around for years and years – It is a wonder treatment and has been used for many generations.
Sometimes it is difficult to get your hands on this, as it is very popular, but it does seem to be the elixir for minor stomach upset for babies, colic, windy problems, and works its magic on teething babies.