- Step 1: Rub gums Rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger or a damp washcloth. The pressure helps to ease your baby's discomfort.
- Step 2: Offer teething ring Offer your baby a teething ring. A cold spoon or teething biscuit will work as well.
- Step 3: Cool off gums Apply a cool washcloth to your baby’s gums, or offer chilled foods such as applesauce or yogurt if your baby has moved on to solid foods.
- Step 4: Prevent skin irritation Prevent skin irritation by drying any drool on your baby’s face, especially the chin.
- TIP: Put a clean towel or blanket under your baby’s head to keep the sheet dry.
- Step 5: Use pain reliever Use an over-the-counter pain reliever to help manage pain. Look for acetaminophen or ibuprofen products made especially for infants. Never use aspirin.
- FACT: The ancient Egyptians used coral teething rings.
You Will Need
- A clean finger
- A washcloth
- A teething ring
- A chilled spoon
- A teething biscuit
- Applesauce or yogurt
- Pain reliever
- A clean blanket or towel (optional)