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How Should you Help a Teething Baby?

Posted on 4/20/2015 by Jonathan Woodyard

A teething baby chewing on a toy.Teething is one of those phases of childhood that seem like they will never end.
As you hold your screaming baby it may seem like there is nothing you can do - but there are some simple answers.

Every baby is different, so these techniques might or might not work on your particular child, but they are worth a try as they are sanitary and proven to work on many babies already.

• Rub his gums with your (clean) finger or slightly wet gauze pad to help decrease the pain.
• Rest a cold (clean) spoon on his gums to help alleviate some of the swelling on his gums.
• Distract your baby with a teething ring that is clean and able to be chewed on without any danger.
The chewing motion can help to alleviate some of the pressure he feels on his gums.

The FDA does not recommend the use of any medications that are meant specifically for teething. The common names for these medications include Baby Orajel and Anbesol. The main ingredient in these products is Benzocaine and has been shown to have serious and sometimes fatal side effects in young children.

When the day finally comes that your baby's teeth erupt, it is important that you start brushing them right away. All that you need is a toothbrush and warm water to gently brush back and forth to remove any bacteria that resides in his mouth, putting even your young baby at risk for tooth decay.

Is your baby teething? Call us today to find out more information that can help comfort your child.


Woodyard Dental Care, PSC

Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



Phone: (270) 408-1321

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