As teeth start to come in, some babies experience tender or sore gums. Does your baby have swollen or red gums? Do you notice more drooling than normal or changes in feeding patterns? Does your baby seem grumpy no matter what you do to help? Don’t worry! You can help ease teething symptoms.
Soothing Sore Gums
First, massage your baby’s sore gums using clean, wet gauze or your finger. This may help reduce irritation. You can also place a clean teething ring in the freezer for a few minutes until chilled before giving it to your baby. The cool sensation can help reduce pain and swelling. Be sure to never dip the ring in sugar, syrup, honey, or other foods. This can lead to cavities!
Popular over-the-counter medicines may sound like a good idea. But gels or creams with benzocaine should not be used to soothe sore gums in babies younger than age 2. Benzocaine is a local anesthetic that has been known to cause serious reactions in children. It can be found in over-the-counter products such as Orajel®, Baby Orajel®, Orabse®, Anbesol®, and Hurricaine®. Stick with other methods of soothing your child’s gums. If the child is still cranky and uncomfortable while teething, consult your pediatric dentist.