If your teething baby won’t sleep, it’s likely that your baby is more cranky than usual. Infant medicine may help teething pain. But please note that topical medications containing lidocaine or benzocaine have “no studies have proven the long-term benefit of these products,” Dr. Ye Mon cautions. Another thing is herbal products. Not enough studies have shown the effectiveness of herbal remedies for teething and therefore there is a risk because there are no known long-term side effects.
A good rule of thumb
It’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor. No matter how big or small the situation is – if you feel like calling the doctor – you totally should. It’s always better to have peace of mind knowing that you spoke with a professional instead of not calling and always wondering if something bigger might be happening with your little one.
Some things to look for if you think your baby might be experiencing something more than teething. “It’s normal for them to be upset about the pain around their gums, but they shouldn’t be inconsolable,” explains Dr. Ye Mon.
Teething symptoms shouldn’t last for weeks at a time. If they do, it’s recommended to take baby to the pediatrician. If baby is experiencing fever or 101+, diarrhea, runny nose, and inconsolable crying – it might be a good time to take baby to the doctor.