My son is teething. I've tried to give him cold things (chilled teething rings, etc.) to chew on, but he doesn't seem to like them. Can you give me a few suggestions for foods or toys to ease his discomfort?
One of the best "organic" teething rings around is a fresh or frozen bagel. Toothless babies can't really do more than gnaw them, and the soft but firm texture seems to be pleasing to tender gums. The relief seems to stem from the counter-pressure against the gums. A large, cold carrot - too big to break into pieces that he can choke on - is also helpful. (Don't give him carrots once his pearly whites are in, lest those tiny teeth break off a bite-size piece that he could choke on.) Whatever food you end up using to ease your son's pain, give it to him only in a sitting position and only while there's parental or adult supervision. You can also try offering your baby
something icy cold to eat or drink. Even a very chilled bottle of water will numb his tender, swollen gums and temporarily ease his pain. If the teething discomfort is keeping him awake at night and nothing else seems to bring relief, you can give him the appropriate dose of paracetamol (Tylenol, Tempera, etc.) so he can sleep. If the pain persists more than a few nights, however, get your doctor to check for other problems.