Are There Alternatives?
Fortunately, there are several ways to help your child feel better as their teeth come in. Such as simple tips like giving your baby a cold washcloth or lightly chilled teething ring to chew on, which helps soothe tender gums, or gently massaging your baby's gums with your clean fingers can also help relieve any discomfort they feel. To keep the area around their mouth and lips from becoming irritated or sore, use another soft cloth to wipe away extra drool, as excess saliva can irritate delicate skin over time. If your child requires more relief than a topical treatment like a gum massage or teething ring, you can give them a pain reliever like ibuprofen. We recommend speaking with your pediatrician about how much ibuprofen, and which brand, you should give to your child.
While finding ways to ease your baby's discomfort, you may also want to start thinking about introducing them to a good oral care routine. As the teeth begin to emerge, you can begin with an age-appropriate toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste, the size of a grain of rice. Doing this twice a day will help your child get used to having dental products in their mouth. It also sets them on the right path of fighting bacteria that develops after a feeding.
We don't recommend teething tablets as a safe solution to your child's teething discomfort. But we understand that it's a priority to help them find relief! Luckily, there are plenty of ways to help your child through these growing pains, from gum massages to over-the-counter pain medication. And remember, teething won't last forever!