How to Soothe a Teething Baby
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Although some babies may experience very few or even no teething symptoms, many do – and it can be difficult to watch your teething baby suffer through this uncomfortable stage. Help your teething baby if he or she is feeling irritable or looks to be in pain with our teething remedies and discover our extra tips on how to soothe your teething baby.

Home Remedies to Help Soothe Your Teething Baby

Try these teething remedies to help soothe your baby’s teething pain or discomfort:

1. Give Your Baby a Chilled Teething Ring

A teething ring or toy (or preferably several) is a must-have once your baby’s teeth start poking through. Some can even be chilled for extra relief. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure a teething ring is suitable for chilling and to find out how long it needs to stay in the fridge. Never put a teething ring in the freezer, as this could make it too hard or cold for your baby’s soft gums. Don’t forget to clean and sterilise teething rings or toys regularly. Never tie a teething ring (or anything else, like a dummy) on a cord or ribbon around your baby’s neck, to avoid the risk of strangulation.

2. Offer a Crunchy (Healthy) Treat for Teething Relief

Once you’ve introduced your baby to solid foods, you can help soothe your teething baby’s gums with textured finger foods like pieces of apple or carrot. A crunchy breadstick or crust of bread could also bring relief from those teething symptoms. Avoid giving your little one sugary foods, which can quickly decay your little one’s brand new teeth. Rusks and teething biscuits aren’t recommended either, because they also usually contain sugar. Never leave your child alone with food and always supervise him or her closely while eating, to prevent the risk of choking.

3. Use a Cold Wet Flannel to Soothe Sore Gums

Take a clean flannel and submerge it in cold water, wring it out until it’s just damp not dripping wet. Fold it so that it’s a smaller size and give it to your baby to chew on to help soothe his or her gums. Don't leave your child unattended while he or she is sucking or chewing on the flannel. This can be a choking hazard.

4. Massage Your Baby’s Gums

You can help provide some teething relief by carefully massaging those sore, little gums. Sit with your baby, and gently massage the gums in circular motions with a clean finger.

5. Offer Your Child a Drink of Cool Water

If your baby has already started drinking plain water, a drink of water isn’t just a refreshing thirst-quencher, it’s also one of the most natural teething remedies there is. Sipping on any kind of cool liquid can bring teething pain relief. Water is all your child needs, but if you want a bit more variety make sure any other drinks you give your baby are sugar-free.

6. Wipe Away the Dribble to Prevent Irritation

One of the common signs of teething is constant dribbling. This can give your baby a sore rash on the chin or around the mouth. Gently wipe the dribble from your baby’s mouth from time to time to help prevent pain or soreness associated with a skin rash or irritation.

7. Give Your Baby Plenty of Cuddles

Make sure your baby gets lots of hugs. Sometimes, the biggest comfort for a teething baby can be cuddle time with Mum or Dad. Pick a comfortable chair, and rock your baby gently. This will provide some quiet time for hugs and comfort, while also giving you both some much-needed rest.

8. Distract Your Child with Play

Taking your little one’s mind off his or her teething woes is another way to help your teething baby. Try talking, singing action songs or encouraging your child to play with his or her favourite game. If you’re travelling in the car, movement may be restricted but you can still get good mileage out of old favourites like ‘I-spy’ or ‘The Wheels on the Bus’.

9. Ask Your Child’s Doctor About Pain Relief Medicine

If you’re concerned that your baby’s teething discomfort can’t be soothed with any of the above methods, ask your child’s doctor for advice on using teething gels, liquids or pain relief medicine to help with your baby’s teething symptoms.

How to help a teething baby

How to Soothe Your Teething Baby at Night

Your baby might wake in the night due to teething pain. If this happens, do your best to comfort your little one without getting him or her too excited or awake. Here are some ways you might be able to do this:

  • Keep the lights dim

  • Talk softly

  • If your baby is still breastfeeding or bottle feeding, a quick feed may be comforting.

When to See the Doctor

Symptoms like diarrhoea and fever are sometimes attributed to teething, but this hasn’t been scientifically proven, and other complaints may also cause the same symptoms. If your baby is showing these or any other symptoms that you’re concerned about, it’s best to let your doctor know or call 111 just to be on the safe side.

The Big Picture

Teething can sometimes be a challenging phase for your baby and you, but it doesn’t last forever! Look at our teething timeline to find out when your baby might start teething, how long the teething stage could last, and which teeth are likely to appear when. Every child is different, and so is every tooth! Some of the teething pain relief tips and remedies above may work better than others for your little one. You might also find that different soothing methods are more effective at different times. Hang in there!

How we wrote this article The information in this article is based on the expert advice found in trusted medical and government sources, such as the National Health Service (NHS). You can find a full list of sources used for this article below. The content on this page should not replace professional medical advice. Always consult medical professionals for full diagnosis and treatment.