Teething can start as early as four months. A teething baby may drool more than usual or may have discomfort, problems sleeping, or a fever. If your baby is in discomfort due to teething, there are some options for you to help soothe them:
- Keep it cool. Cold can be comforting. You may wish to check out such tools as teething rings to help your baby through the teething process.
- Gently rub or massage the child’s gums with a finger to relieve symptoms.
- If your child has a fever associated with teething, there are certain over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that are appropriate and labeled for treating young children with fever.
- Talk with your healthcare provider or dentist. When teething is accompanied by fever or nasal congestion, if your child appears “unwell,” or if you have any questions about your child’s symptoms, contact a healthcare provider or dentist.
- Do not use benzocaine oral products for teething.