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If your child is between 6 and 12 months old, they may start to show their first tooth. You feel that this is very exciting, but your child just feels cranky. If they are fussy, show a loss of appetite, or have trouble sleeping, then teething may feel uncomfortable for them. You don’t want your child to suffer, but what can you do? Luckily, there are several solutions to help relieve your child’s pain from teething.

  • Gently rub your child’s gums with a clean finger. Carefully applying pressure like this helps to relieve pain.
  • Rubbing something cool against the gums can also ease discomfort. Use a cool washcloth or small spoon to rub on the gums.
  • Give your child a clean, firm teething ring that is large enough that they will not choke on it. Children who are teething like to chew on hard objects to relieve pain. Some teething rings are even filled with fluids that you can cool in the refrigerator, but do not freeze these teething rings because they can become too hard for your child’s teeth.
  • Harder foods can be a solution if your child has started to eat solid foods. Let your baby gnaw on something like a peeled cucumber or carrot. Keep an eye on your child to make sure they do not choke.
  • If your child is still experiencing a lot of pain from teething, then see your dentist or doctor. They may recommend medication or other solutions.