Since many of these symptoms could also indicate illness, it is important that you contact your baby's pediatrician if they last for more than a few days.
You will notice that your baby may be trying to chew or bite anything they get their hands on while teething. The biting pressure helps to relieve some of their discomfort, so giving them a rubber teething ring or cold washcloth can be helpful. A bottle of cold water or chilled solid foods, such as applesauce or yogurt, may also help if your baby can eat them. Even rubbing a clean finger gently but firmly across your baby's gums may help soothe them.
If these methods don't seem to be helping, speak with a doctor about giving your baby a small dose of children's pain reliever. Remember, it is never a good idea to give your child aspirin because it can put your baby at risk for developing Reye's syndrome, a life-threatening condition associated with aspirin consumption in children.
There are also many topical oral pain relievers that you can buy at drug stores, but make sure to speak with your baby's doctor before using them. Using too much can cause your baby's throat to become numb and interfere with their gag reflex.
Due to increased drooling, some infants will develop a chin rash. Lightly wipe drool away with a soft, cotton cloth and apply a thin coating of petroleum jelly to their chin before naps or bedtime.
For more tips on helping your baby cope with the difficulties and discomforts of teething, speak with your pediatric dentist. If you need help finding a dentist for your child, we can help!