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How to Manage a Teething Infant

Soothe sore gums and lessen the fussiness that often accompanies a teething infant.


  • 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)

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