How to Treat Toddler Teething Pain

This last week, my 16 month old daughter has been going through an “I don’t want to eat that, even though I’ve ate it before” stage. I am unsure if it’s just a picky phase, or if it has to do with her teething. She still only has the top 4 and bottom 4 teeth in currently, and I think she’s been dealing with molar pain since she’ll smack her ear when any sort of teething is about to occur. I have heard they start appearing anywhere from 14 months on up, so it’s probably about that time for us. DOH!

She did spike a fever at one point. AND I know Dr’s say it’s a coincidence, but from our experience, it seems to go hand-in-hand with teething. So my guess is we’re dealing with molars, even though I haven’t felt the little buggers pop through yet.

How to Treat Toddler Teething Pain

I do try to relieve her pain by following the steps below.

How to Treat Toddler Teething Pain

  • Make some frozen yogurt popsicles! Nothing is better on the teeth than ice cold, yummy goodness to help numb those sensitive gums. These are both super easy and healthy for your toddler who may not be able to eat solid foods because the gums are swollen and sore.
  • Get some Hyland’s teething tablets. There’s Hyland’s chamomilla 30x or just regular teething tablets. Both work wonders on relieving pain in little babies.
  • When my daughter is in pain, she likes chewing on anything and everything, which included daddy’s leather wallet that we just recently replaced for his birthday. These heavy duty toddler chew toys should do the trick of occupying all the while providing some relief.
  • We do have an amber teething necklace, but I am not sure if or how well it works. But she’s had it on since 6 months and we haven’t really dealt with bad teething episodes or crankiness. Is it contributed to the oil in the amber? I have no idea. I thought I would put that as an option since you’ll see her wearing one in most all of her photos.
  • Feed foods that are puree, but still give them the sense they’re eating real foods like Gerber Lil’ Bits which contain soft pieces of fruit or vegetables. My daughter is a big fan of mac and cheese, so we tried the Gerber Lil Bits Mac & Cheese out first.

They’re perfect for not only teething toddlers, but for babies who are just starting to transition to some solid foods. Gerber Lil bits teaches your little ones the chewing motion and provide different textures and flavors to get baby used to real meals.

As you can see, she had no issues eating Gerber Lil Bits Mac & Cheese dinner.

You just take the plastic lid off, then the foil, put lid back on and then plop it into the microwave for 20 seconds. Enough to get it warm.

She was so excited about feeding herself out of the little container, but mostly enjoyed making a mess. Lol

  • But if your child is in real distress over molar and/or canine teething pain, give them a dose of ibuprofen or acetaminophen if the above hasn’t seemed to help.

Do you have any other toddler teething tips that weren’t mentioned here?



  1. September 14, 2016 / 3:02 PM

    I think I recently saw Jen from Pretty Neat Living talking about some of the tools she uses for her daughter. I wonder if anyone uses the old school put a wet washcloth in the freezer routine? I remember that is what we used, along with teething rings.
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    • Jenn
      September 15, 2016 / 12:38 AM

      I have done that once. I should probably try it again. 🙂

    • Jenn
      September 14, 2016 / 7:22 PM

      We had the monkey but lost it in Vegas. She loved that thing and we were sad cause it was her first chew toy. Lol

  2. Elizabeth O.
    September 14, 2016 / 6:09 PM

    Teething is never easy! I remember when the twins had to go through this, they were extremely moody and they definitely needed an outlet, be it a toy that they can bite or food that will make them feel better. I’m glad you found solutions that works for your child!

  3. Kathy
    September 14, 2016 / 7:43 PM

    These are all great ideas. I use to use frozen wash clothes. There are so many great ways to help with teething!

  4. Rose Pingol
    September 15, 2016 / 8:28 AM

    Oh, this is a nice read. My grandson experiencing teething, will share this with my daughter.

  5. Nicole Etolen
    September 15, 2016 / 8:39 AM

    I remember my son when he was teething. I can’t imagine his pains, good thing it can be manageable.

  6. Nicole Escat
    September 15, 2016 / 8:40 AM

    This is a nice article, I think my son is teething. He’s complaining about it for a week now.

  7. Ryan Escat
    September 15, 2016 / 8:41 AM

    My son loves munching on ice pops. Aside from treating the teething pains, he loves the taste!

  8. September 15, 2016 / 10:23 AM

    I just gave my son chew toys back then. Wish I had known about the tablets. Great tips!

  9. CourtneyLynne
    September 15, 2016 / 1:00 PM

    Great tips! Thankfully we didn’t have huge issues with my daughter when she was teething. I have a bestie though that omg… She literally didn’t sleep the whole teething stage because her kiddo just cried and cried

  10. September 15, 2016 / 6:02 PM

    I’ve been babysitting my grandson on and off for the past 9 months and his teething phase makes him so cranky. He finds relief when I rub his ear. He is having feeding issues and we worry he won’t get enough nutrition. I worry when its time for his molars to pop out. When that time comes, I’m telling my daughter to get him Gerber Lil bits.

  11. Taty Pradilla
    September 16, 2016 / 6:30 AM

    Oh I remember these days. They weren’t fun at all. I wish I would have known these tips when my daughters were little and going through this.

  12. September 16, 2016 / 8:28 AM

    Oh my this is giving me flashbacks of all the pain my kids went through when they were teething. We froze toys, medicine and everything. Good tips.

  13. September 16, 2016 / 1:55 PM

    When my daughter was teething many many years ago we use to give her a frozen super pretzel to chew on. It was larger enough for her to hold easily on her own and stayed frozen for awhile to help comfort her.

  14. Christina Aliperti
    September 17, 2016 / 8:54 PM

    Hylands was a life saver for us. My son was so grumpy when he was teething.

  15. September 19, 2016 / 10:51 AM

    Some good stuff here even for long time moms, since teething’s just a phase but you never really get used to it. I didn’t know Gerber had a good mac and cheese option there, time to recommend it to my friend for her kid!

  16. September 21, 2016 / 12:42 AM

    This info is so useful for me since my son is currently teething! I feel so sorry for him when he cries in pain. 🙁

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