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Do you have any advice for treating a child who is suffering from teething pain? (besides Tylenol)

 

Teething can be one of the most difficult and frustrating conditions to treat.  Unfortunately there are no wonder drugs or quick remedies to make your child completely comfortable during this time.  Getting new teeth is hurts.  Period.  Also, this occurs at a time when it is not safe to take medications to make the pain go away.  So what do you do?  Pressure and cold are the best ways to make it feel better.  Gently massaging the gums with your finger can make them feel better, but I prefer to let them chew on a clean cold washcloth or a cold silicone-based teething ring(place it in the fridge before using).  Your child will want to chew on everything so make sure you give them something safe to chew on.  Hyland’s teething tablets and Boiron Camilia are remedies that some parents swear by as well.   Also, there will be lots of drooling which can lead to a rash on their chin, so you’ll want to place a barrier cream on their chin to prevent it from getting worse.  Using benzocaine based products such as Orajel or Anbesol is not recommended due to the some of the potentially lethal dangers children ingesting too much benzocaine.

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