Can Teething Make My Baby Fuss All Night?


Q: Can teething make my baby fuss all night?

A: Parents attribute lots of symptoms to teething, but babies fuss for many reasons. About 20 teeth erupt in babies’ mouths between the ages of 6 months and 30 months. Trust me, teething won’t keep your child in pain that entire time. Here’s what you should know:

To comfort your teething baby, I would try chilled teething rings. You also can give him acetaminophen (Tylenol®) once or twice per week.

For safety reasons, I would avoid frequent use of acetaminophen and ibuprofen (Motrin®). I would also steer clear of topical medications and teething gels. It’s hard to know how much babies will swallow, and taking too much can cause serious illness.

Pediatrician Svetlana Pomeranets, MD