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Is there a safe pain reliever for teething?

Safe pain relievers for teething children older than 6 months of age include Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin (ibuprofen). These pain relievers are safe if given in the appropriate doses and frequencies. Follow dosage and frequency instructions on the medication labels, or call a pediatrician for instructions.
Some babies may have sore or tender gums when teeth begin to erupt. Gently rubbing your child’s gum with a clean finger, a small, cool spoon or a wet gauze pad can be soothing. A clean teething ring for your child to chew on may also help. Your dentist or pediatrician may recommend a pacifier, teething ring or a special “numbing” salve for the gums.

As their teeth erupt, some babies may become fussy, sleepless and irritable, lose their appetite or drool more than usual. Diarrhea, rashes and a fever are not normal for a teething baby. If your infant has a fever or diarrhea while teething or continues to be cranky and uncomfortable, call your physician.

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