If your baby seems to be in serious pain, you may be wondering if medicine will bring him relief. Sometimes babies who are teething also run low-grade fevers (less than 101 degrees Fahrenheit or 38.3 degrees Celsius), so there's nothing wrong with the occasional dose of Tylenol [source: Dr. Sears].
Acetaminophen (such as the brand name Tylenol) is available as "infant drops." Most packages do not contain dosages for children under the age of 2; you'll need to ask your pediatrician how much to give your baby based on his weight. If your child is older than six months you can try ibuprofen infant drops instead (they're not recommended for younger babies). Sometimes they work better than acetaminophen for pain relief -- or you can alternate between the two. Again, discuss proper dosages with your baby's doctor.
Parents have long used numbing gels containing benzocaine, such as Baby Orajel, for teething pain relief. However, these products have recently come under fire. In May 2011, the FDA issued a warning not to use them without the advice of a doctor because they can cause a serious disorder called methemoglobinemia, which lowers the amount of oxygen in the blood and can be fatal [source: FDA]. They can also numb your baby's throat and cause choking.
If you shy away from traditional meds, check out some alternative remedies on the market next.