Teething is tough!  During the first few years of a child’s life, all 20 baby teeth will push through the gums.  That can hurt!  There are so many products that claim to sooth teething pain – how does a parent know which are safe and effective?  Sometimes keeping it simple is the best remedy:

1 – Gently rub gums with a clean finger, a small cool spoon or moist gauze pad.

2 – Allow your child to chew on a clean teething ring.

3 – Pain Medication: Use Tylenol and/or Motrin every 4-6 hours for 3 days straight when child is actively teething.

As a reminder: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning in 2014 to parents and caregivers not to use oral viscous lidocaine to treat teething pain in infants and young children.  According to the FDA, topical pain relievers that are rubbed on the gums are not necessary or even useful because they wash out of the baby’s mouth within minutes.

Dr. Matthew Gillham