Managing the symptoms of teething?
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.
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