Are There Alternatives?
Fortunately, there are several ways to help relieve the discomfort your child experiences during the teething process without the use of tablets. Mayo Clinic recommends giving your baby a cold washcloth or lightly chilled teething ring to chew on, which helps sooth tender gums. Gently massaging the baby's gums with your clean fingers can also help relieve any discomfort he feels. To keep the area around the mouth and lips from becoming irritated or sore, use another soft cloth to wipe away extra drool the baby produces – this excess can hurt their delicate skin over time.
Nonetheless, you can give your child safe versions of pain relievers such as ibuprofen, particularly if his discomfort doesn't diminish with a gum massage or teething ring.
While finding ways to ease your baby's discomfort, you may also want to start thinking about introducing him to a good oral care routine. As the teeth start to emerge, little mouths need products such as Colgate® My First® Fluoride-Free Toothpaste so they can get used to the idea of using toothpaste on a soft bristle brush every day. Taking good care of your child's teeth should start early, from the minute they start to appear.