Teething occurs when an infant’s teeth first begin to break through the gums. This typically takes place between the ages of 6 and 12 months.
If an infant is experiencing the typical symptoms of teething, it is possible to treat them at home. Treatments include:
Drying off drool:
Excessive drool can cause skin irritation. Therefore, use a clean cloth to remove excess drool from the chin and mouth area gently. Applying a fragrance free cream or ointment may also soothe irritated skin.
Gently rub the gums with a clean finger or moistened gauze pad to alleviate pain, discomfort, and tenderness.
Apply a cold compress, chilled spoon, or teething ring to the gums. Never give an infant a frozen teething ring as this may cause more harm than good.
Infants who are on solid foods may get relief from chewing on a piece of chilled cucumber or carrot. Monitor them carefully while they are eating as small pieces of food are a choking hazard.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medication:
Children who are particularly irritable may benefit from an OTC pain reliever. Options include acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Children’s Motrin). Do not use pain relievers for more than a day or two without a doctor’s advice.