Tempra®: Frequently asked questions

How do I know if my child is teething?

Teething affects each child differently; even more so, each tooth may affect a child in a new way! In some cases, you will suddenly notice a white bump protruding through your child’s gums; in other cases, you will be left wondering what is going on and why your child is so irritable, cranky and red-cheeked, until a tooth FINALLY emerges.

Are there any common tips or tricks to help soothe a baby who is teething?

  • Gently rub a clean finger over your child’s gums. This will briefly numb the pain.
  • Divert your child’s attention elsewhere. Pull out some stickers, play a game, sing a song, put on a favourite children’s show.
  • Hold or cuddle your child, give them their favourite blanket or stuffed toy.
  • Give your child a cold washcloth to chew on (place a damp washcloth in the freezer for a few minutes). Not only does the coolness help to briefly numb teething pain, chewing on the cloth will also help the teeth break through the surface of the gums.
  • If your child is eating solid foods, try giving them cold applesauce or yogurt to help numb pain
  • Relieve aches and pains by giving your child an over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic such as acetaminophen that is specifically formulated for infants or children (e.g. Infant Tempra® Drops, Regular Strength Children’s Tempra® Syrup 2–5 years and Double Strength Children’s Tempra® Syrup 4–11 years) or ibuprofen. The Canadian Paediatric Society does not recommend giving ibuprofen to babies under 6 months old without first talking to your physician.
  • Do not give your child any products that contain acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), also commonly referred to as aspirin, as ASA may cause a dangerous medical condition called Reye’s Syndrome
  • Talk to your pharmacist about using Anbesol® Baby Gel to soothe sore gums and relieve teething pain in infants and children 4 months of age and older.

What should parents be aware of if their child is teething?

  • Be wary of using pacifiers if your child is teething. Check pacifiers regularly; discard any that are damaged because they may become a choking hazard if your child chews the end.
  • It is never too early to begin thinking about preventing tooth decay by reducing your child’s sugar consumption; consider replacing juice with water. Clean new teeth with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste specially formulated for babies.