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Q Teething seems to be distressing my baby. Is there anything that I can do to ease his pain?
A GP Dr Linda Calabresi says: Babies who are teething often seem to enjoy having their gums rubbed. A rusk that they can chew (or gum) on will often help too, as will those teething rings you can put in the fridge – the coolness and the texture seem to help.
If your baby needs something more, teething gels (Bonjela or SM-33) from the chemist offer a short-term solution and, if they’re really unhappy, there is always paracetamol or ibuprofen, that can be given especially at night.
Remember, teething won’t cause a fever, and while it can make babies irritable, they shouldn’t be inconsolable. So don’t hesitate to see a doctor if you’re concerned it’s something more than teething.