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Teething Troubles? Tips for Soothing Your Baby's First Teeth

November 29, 2023

Welcome to one of the major milestones in your baby’s growth - teething! While it's exciting to see those first little teeth pop up, it can also be a challenging time for both babies and parents. Teething can cause discomfort, but fear not, we've got some tried and tested tips to help soothe your little one's gums and make this phase a bit easier.

Understanding Teething

Teething typically begins around 6 months of age, but it can start as early as 3 months or as late as 12 months. You'll notice symptoms like drooling, fussiness, and a tendency to chew on everything in sight.

Soothing Strategies

1. Cold is Comforting: Cold items can be soothing. Try a chilled teething ring, a cold spoon, or a damp washcloth that’s been in the refrigerator for a bit. Remember, it should be cold, not frozen, to avoid harming your baby's gums.

2. Gentle Pressure: Gently rubbing your baby’s gums with a clean finger can provide relief. You can also offer a rubber teething ring; just make sure it’s free from BPA and other harmful chemicals.

3. Keep it Dry: Excessive drooling can cause skin irritation. Keep a clean cloth handy to dab away drool and protect your baby’s skin with a water-resistant cream.

4. Offer Healthy Teething Foods: If your baby is already eating solids, offer them chilled fruit like banana or cucumber slices. Always supervise to avoid any choking hazard.

5. Stay Calm and Cuddly: Your baby might be more irritable during this time. Extra cuddles and calming words can provide comfort.

6. Over-the-Counter Remedies: If your baby seems particularly uncomfortable, talk to your pediatrician about using over-the-counter pain relief options suitable for infants.

What to Avoid

  • Teething Necklaces and Bracelets: These can pose a choking or strangulation hazard.
  • Numbing Gels or Tablets: Some contain substances that can be harmful to infants.

When to See a Dentist

If you’re concerned about your baby's teething or oral health, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist. It’s also a good time to establish a dental home for your child.


Remember, every baby is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Teething is a normal part of development, and with a little patience and lots of love, you'll both get through this stage just fine. Before you know it, you’ll be seeing that adorable toothy grin!