July 8, 2004
Health Tip: Teething Troubles
How to soothe your tot's gums
(HealthDayNews) -- Your baby's crankiness may be because he's cutting a tooth, especially if it's accompanied by drooling and red or swollen gums, says the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Here's what you can do:
- Massage the swollen gum with your finger for two minutes.
- Place a rubber teething ring in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, then give it to your baby.
- If your child is older than nine months, offer him a popsicle or ice cream to suck on.
- Avoid feeding him salty or acidic foods, such as orange juice.