Teething may begin as early as 3 months, and the discomfort can cause your little one to wake up in the middle of the night! Here are some ways to ease your baby’s teething pain.
- Give him or her firm objects to chew on, such as teething rings or other teething objects. Do not use frozen teething toys because extreme cold can injure your baby’s mouth and cause even more discomfort.
- Do not use pain relievers intended to be rubbed on a baby’s gums, as a teething baby drools so much that the medication is washed away. Such medications can also numb the back of the throat and interfere with your baby’s ability to swallow! Talk to your pediatrician if discomfort persists and we may suggest some small doses of Tylenol or Advil.
- When your baby is teething, he or she may have a slight increase in temperature. However, contact your pediatrician if your baby’s temperature exceeds 100.4˚F (38˚C) or above, or has symptoms such as fever, vomiting, or diarrhea while teething.
- Try to keep to your usual bedtime routine while making her comfortable. Changing the routine even for a few nights may only lead to sleep troubles in the future.