Apr 15, 2014
Post By: Children's Health
If you are sure that your baby is teething, and you can see or feel teeth erupting, home care is usually all that is needed.
Here are five teething tips from Amy Johnson, a nurse who works at the MyChildren's in Grapevine.
1. Avoid frozen teething products, as they can cause frostbite of your baby’s gums.
2. Avoid products with benzocaine as an ingredient, since it may cause a rare, but sometimes fatal, condition called methemoglobinemia. “Natural” options are available that are benzocaine-free.
3. If possible, allow your baby to feed himself with finger foods, since utensils can be irritating to tender gums.
4. Gently massage your child's gums by rubbing your clean fingers along them.
5. If none of the previous measures are helpful, give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol) or, if she is older than 6 months, ibuprofen (Motrin) for one to two days.
Teething should not typically cause fever or diarrhea, although some parents do report this happening. It is important to call your pediatrician if your baby has a fever, has a runny nose, is fussier than normal and/or is eating less than normal to ensure he does not actually have an ear infection.
Leave us a comment to tell us which teething tips have worked for you.
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