How to relieve teething discomfort
When you see signs of a teething baby, knowing how to help relieve any discomfort can help make it less stressful for you and your baby. Remember that different comforts help different babies, and – through trial and error – you can find what works for your baby.
Some things to try include:
If your baby feels the need to chew something, a teething ring might be a good option. It can ease their discomfort and distract them from any pain. Carefully follow the instructions that come with your teething ring of choice.
Gently rubbing their gums
Feeling pressure on their gums can help decrease your baby’s teething pain. Try gently massaging your baby’s gum with your clean finger.
Keeping their face clean
If your baby is dribbling more than usual, this may cause a teething rash on their chin. Be sure to gently wipe away the dribble to help prevent a teething rash.
Comforting your baby
Extra cuddles and hugs help to comfort your baby, especially if teething pain wakes them at night. Playing with your child also helps to distract them from the pain.
Teething gels, such as Bonjela, can be massaged into the gums with a clean finger to provide fast-acting and pain relief. Be sure to check the dosage instructions and expiry date.
Always read the label and follow the directions for use. Incorrect use may be harmful.
Infant medicine (analgesics):
Nurofen for Children Baby (contains Ibuprofen) can be used for babies who are three months (6kg and up) or more to help relieve the pain associated with teething and bring down a raised temperature. However, if a raised temperature persists visit a health care professional so that other possible causes can be excluded.