Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cutting Teeth Home Care

Home care for teething includes:

  • Avoid feeding the infant hard food.
  • Give the infant a cold teething ring or a chilled wet washcloth to chew on.
  • Massage the gums with a piece of ice inside a wet washcloth.
  • Give the infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain or mild fever.

Cutting Teeth Pain Control

Common medications used at home for pain and fever in children who are teething include:

Aspirin and most of the other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are not used in children except under a doctor's care.

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Dosing is 10-15 mg per kilogram (5-7 mg per pound) of body weight every 4-6 hours, up to the adult dose.
  • Do not exceed the maximum daily dose.
  • Acetaminophen products come in various strengths. Always follow the package instructions.
  • Avoid this drug in children with liver disease or an allergy to acetaminophen.
  • Common acetaminophen products include Tylenol, Panadol and many others.


Cutting Teeth Warning Signs

Notify your doctor for:

Continue to Cutting Teeth Complications

Last Updated: May 16, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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