If you have noticed that your infant is getting teeth, there are some things you can do to help with the soreness and irritation. Teething is a common issue that occurs anywhere from as early as 4 months of age to a year. If you notice some swelling under the gum tissue, drooling, and sensitivity in an area on the gums, these are common signs. Your infant may also get irritable during this time. Here are some things you can do to help with the infant’s discomfort.

Rubbing and Chewing

Rubbing around the gum tissue in the mouth with a clean finger is a way to help provide some pain relief to the infant. While doing this, the infant may want to gnaw on the finger, helping to put pressure on the gum tissue, and to get the amount of relief they need. Offer chewing toys that are available so the infant can chew as needed, but nothing that could break off and go down the infant’s throat.

Cool the Pain

A cold compress and cold items for the infant to chew on can help relieve some of the gum tissue swelling and irritation. Teething rings that have been stored in the refrigerator, a cold washcloth, or cold foods are all ideal. Avoid any item that is frozen, since this could cause damage the tissue and be a shock for the infant.

Treat with Over-the- Counter Medication

If the infant is showing extreme discomfort and crankiness, the pain can be treated with over-the-counter medication. Infant acetaminophen can be used to help with the pain, and ibuprofen can be used to help with both swelling and discomfort. Be sure to use the dosage that is accurate for the infant’s weight, and to use as directed. Talk with a pediatrician about concerns, and about rotating the medications. There are also dental pain relieving creams for infants.

Utilize Meal Time

If the infant is eating solids, chewing something that is cold and hard can help to ease the pain, or eating foods that are chilled may feel good on the gums. Utilize the infant’s meal time to help eliminate some of the pain that they have because of the teeth coming through.

Avoid Chapped Skin

Drooling is part of the teething process and very common, but can cause a discomfort. Use a big to protect the infant’s chest and closing, and wipe the drool around the mouth and on the chin so the skin doesn’t get chapped. If you notice chapping or redness from the drool, use a skin protectant to avoid further irritation.

As soon as a tooth does pop through the skin, it’s important to brush the tooth to begin healthy oral habits for the infant. The infant will get used the brushing, the brushing can help with the pain, and it will keep the tooth healthy. There are special brushes and paste designed for infants, and it’s important to only use items that have the American Dental Association seal of approval. If your child is showing signs of discomfort, use these options to get through it.