Teething can be a difficult time for both babies and their caregivers, as it can cause discomfort and irritability. Here are a few things you can try to help your baby during the teething process:
Offer a cold, wet cloth or teething toy: Cold temperatures can help to numb the gums and reduce discomfort. You can offer your baby a cold, wet cloth to chew on or a teething toy that has been chilled in the refrigerator. Just be sure to supervise your baby closely to ensure that they do not swallow the cloth or toy.
Give your baby something to chew on: Chewing can help to alleviate teething discomfort. You can offer your baby a clean, soft teething ring or a washcloth to chew on. Just be sure to supervise your baby closely to ensure that they do not chew on anything that could be a choking hazard.
Massage your baby's gums: Gently massaging your baby's gums with a clean finger can help to alleviate discomfort.
Offer your baby a pacifier: Sucking can help to reduce discomfort during the teething process. You can offer your baby a clean pacifier to suck on. Just be sure to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations for pacifier use.
Give your baby acetaminophen (if recommended by your healthcare provider): If your baby is in a lot of discomfort and you have been advised by your healthcare provider, you may be able to give your baby acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) to help alleviate discomfort. Always follow the dosage instructions and any other recommendations provided by your healthcare provider.
It is important to note that teething pain is usually temporary and will resolve on its own as the tooth emerges. If you have any concerns about your baby's teething or overall health, it is always a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider.