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|HOME CARE ADVICE FOR TEETHING|
- Teething is a natural process.
- It's harmless and it may cause a little gum pain.
- It doesn't cause fever or crying. If present, look for another cause.
- Gum Massage:
- Find the irritated or swollen gum.
- Massage it with your finger for 2 minutes.
- Do this as often as necessary.
- Putting pressure on the sore gum can reduce pain.
- Age over 12 months: You may use a piece of ice wrapped in a wet cloth to massage the gum.
- Teething Rings:
- Infants massage their own sore gums by chewing on smooth, hard objects.
- Offer a teething ring, pacifier or wet washcloth that has been chilled in the refrigerator, but not frozen in the freezer.
- Age over 12 months: A piece of chilled banana may help.
- Avoid hard foods that could cause choking (e.g., raw carrots).
- Avoid ice or popsicles that could cause frostbite of the gums.
- Cup Feeding: If your infant refuses nipple feedings, use a cup, spoon or syringe temporarily.
- Pain Medicine: If the pain increases, give acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) orally for 1 day. Special teething gels are not recommended (FDA 2011). They can cause allergic reactions, choking or bluish skin.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Develops unexplained crying
- Develops fever
- Your child becomes worse
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Last Reviewed: 9/15/2011
Last Revised: 1/28/2012
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker
Copyright 1994-2012 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.