Health Tip: Soothing Baby During Teething

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(HealthDay News) -- Teething is a normal part of an infant's life, but it doesn't come without some pain and discomfort.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautions against applying medication directly to the gums. Products such as the numbing agent benzocaine may not be effective and may be dangerous, the agency says.

Instead, the FDA suggests:

  • Gently rub your child's gums with a clean finger.
  • Give your child a rubber teething ring.
  • Do your best to keep the child comfortable.

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