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Teething discomfort


 

While you can't take on your baby's teething discomfort you can help take it away with these mom-tested remedies.

1. Chewing. Teething babies love to chew, and for good reason: The gumming action provides counterpressure, which relieves the aching pressure of new pearly whites pushing up and out into the mouth. Bumpy rubber teething rings, rattles, and other teething toys work well (including — your baby has probably figured out — the plastic bumper on a crib rail). Chewing is even more effective when the object is icy cold and numbs the gum. Try a frozen wet washcloth, or, to combine a snack with chilly relief, give frozen fruits like bananas and plums in a baby feeder mesh bag (so large chunks of gummed-off food can't pose a choking risk), but only under adult supervision and with baby sitting or propped upright.

2. Rubbing. Your finger rubbed firmly on baby's gums can provide the same soothing counterpressure. Your baby may balk at first because it seems to hurt initially, but the counterpressure soon brings relief.

3. Cold drinks. A bottle of icy cold water can offer chilly relief to achy gums for babies over six months (when water can be introduced), or, if baby doesn't take a bottle or balks at sucking, give (ice-free) water in a cup.
4. Cold food. Like icy food to suck on, chilled food to eat, such as yogurt, blended peaches, and applesauce (once they've already been introduced to your baby), can be more appetizing than warm or room-temperature foods, and can ease achy gums.

5. Pain relief. If chewing, rubbing, and sucking chilly foods don't do the trick, break out the baby acetaminophen, or try a topical numbing agent or pain reliever — but only after checking with your pediatrician.

 

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