Is Baby Teething? + How to Provide Comfort

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*This is information based on running and working in a daycare setting for several years, along with LOTS of questions asked to doctors for my own 4 children, and my own research through out the years. I am not claiming to be a professional, please don’t take it as such.*Affiliate Disclaimer BannerDisclaimer   Privacy Policy

So your baby just started teething? Ahh! Actually for a lot of babies it’s really not that bad, (2 out of 3 of mine that have gone through this were only slightly fussy with fevers) but for some it’s horribly painful and sad 😦 (My other one).

Babies can start teething as early as 3 months, but can hold out until 12 months or older.

 Some signs your baby might be teething:

  •  Drooling
  • Rash (on cheeks, some babies get diaper rash)
  • Chewing
  • Crying
  • Irritability
  • Pulling at ear or Rubbing of cheek
  • Refusing to eat
  • Waking a lot at night
  • Swelling of gums
  • Slight fever (less than 100 F)

Some tips to help you comfort your baby:

  • Teethers:
    • There are ones you can purchase that have different textured parts.  Check out this one.
    • There are also ones that are liquid filled that you can freeze. Check out these.


  • Cold wash cloths.
    • If you don’t have access to a teether. You can take a washcloth, wet the corner, ring it out and put it in the freezer, when it is cold but not completely frozen give it to baby to chew on.
    • Remember to watch baby close with anything that goes in the mouth.


  • Infant Tylenol or Infant Motrin:
    • These are both pain reliever/ fever reducers.
    • Make sure to talk to your baby’s doctor before giving any over the counter pain medications.


  • Counter pressure:
    • Pressing gently on babies’ gums with a clean finger or baby toothbrush.


  • Comfort baby by holding and cuddling as much as possible.

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Please Be aware:

Baby Orajel and other “numbing” gels have been deemed unsafe for children under 2 by the FDA. Read this article for more information: FDA Article regarding Teething Gels

Teething or calming tablets have also been deemed unsafe for children and babies by the FDA. Read this article for more information: FDA Article Regarding Teething Tablets

Teething Necklaces: Have been known to pose a choking hazard.


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