Health Tip: Soothing Infants' Sore Gums
-- Babies whose teeth are growing in tend to become fussy and irritable.
Here are suggestions to help teething infants, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation:
- Give your baby something cool to chew on -- a damp rag or a teething ring that's been refrigerated. Just make sure it's big enough that she can't choke on it.
- Gently rub the gums with your finger or a damp, cool cloth.
- Ask your doctor about giving your baby children's acetaminophen. Never apply an aspirin to your baby's gums.
- Teething babies often get a rash from drooling, so gently dry her face frequently.
Posted: September 2007