Tips for Helping a Teething Baby

There are several ways you can try and help a teething baby.  Not everything will work for every child, so you may have to try a few different things until you find something that works for yours.

Teething Rings

Teething rings give your baby something to safely chew on, which may ease their discomfort and provide a distraction from any pain.  You can cool the teething rings in the fridge to help soothe your baby's gums.

Never put a teething ring or flannel in the freezer as it could damage your baby's gums if it becomes very hard or cold.


Cool Food & Drinks

Cool, sugar-free drinks will help to soothe your baby's gums and may help if they are dribbling excessively. The best option is to give them cool water in a free flow sippy cup.

You can also give your baby healthy snacks to chew, such as raw fruit and vegetables.  Pieces of apple and carrot, served cool from the fridge are often ideal. You could also try giving your baby a crust of bread or a breadstick. Always stay close in case they choke.


Painkilling Medicine

If your baby is in pain or has a raised temperature, you may want to give them a painkilling medicine that has been specifically designed for children. These medicines contain a small dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease any discomfort and will often help your baby to sleep better. Always choose a sugar free and follow the dosage instructions that come with the medicine. If you are not sure, ask your GP or pharmacist.