Teething Pain

Every new parent discovers that when a baby is teething they can be miserable and this can upset the whole household. There are several ways to ease your baby’s teething pain, and help to calm and settle them.

Your baby will start getting their first teeth at around 6 months. The lower (bottom) front teeth usually come through the gum first. These are followed by the upper (top) front teeth.

Many babies' teeth come through without any problems, but for some the gums swell and become sore as teeth break through. Your teething baby may cry, have a slight fever, have red cheeks, drool, not eat or sleep well and want to bite something hard.

Teething doesn't make babies sick.
If your baby has a lot of pain, bleeding or pus in their gums or swelling in the mouth or face, get help from a doctor, your Well Child Tamariki Ora nurse,  or call Healthline (0800 611 116).

If your baby is upset, gently rub their gums with a clean finger or the back of a cold spoon. You can also wrap ice cubes in a wash cloth and place the cloth on your baby's cheek.

Give your baby something to chew on, such as a clean teething ring.

Watch this video for advice on a number of ways to relieve your baby’s teething pain:

if needed you can give your baby liquid paracetamol (Pamol) to control pain. Weigh your baby and check the dosage information on the package. Give them the correct dose based on their weight and don't exceed 4 doses in 24 hours. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you're unsure how much to give your baby.

Bonjela Soothing Teething Gel is a fast acting gel that creates a protective film on your baby's gums to help relieve pain, discomfort and inflammation caused by teething. Contains no parabens. Always read the instructions.

  • Soothes & calms gums.

  • Fast acting.

  • No artificial colours, flavours or sugar.

  • From ages 6+ months, when most babies start teething.


  • Apply enough product with a clean little finger to cover the sore area and gently massage the gums. Use 3-5 times per day, as required.

  • Use preferably after meals and before sleeping, in order to help the formation on the film and prolong the duration of relief.


  • Xylitol, aqua, glycerine, Rosa Damascena petal extract, xanthan gum, hyaluronic acid, potassium sorbate, pectin, sodium benzoate, citric acid, Malva Sylvestris extract, Chamomilla Recutita flower extract, Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract.


  • Keep out of the sight and reach of children. Do not use after the expiry date. Discard 30 days after opening.

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