What do I do, it seems I have tried everything: frozen toys, frozen fruit, teething tablets, infant tylenol, infant motrin, gripe water, warm rags! He is waking up in the night now just crying cause of the pain. Is there anything better? Dr said "It's just the way it goes, he could be teething for up to a year." REALLY??? Help
Bless your heart, and his! I know that teething time can be difficult for all concerned. We always used Baby Orajel on my granddaughter with pretty good success. Some teeth are simply more painful breaking through than others. There were a couple where we did a lot of floor pacing, baby rocking and pure gritting our teeth through it and then the majority we didn't even know about until she opened her mouth and we saw them! Instead of the warm rags, you might try wetting a couple of baby washcloths, sticking them in a baggie and putting them in the freezer. They're often easier for one that young to chew on. I really wouldn't recommend the frozen fruit. Babies that age can't chew, but have a swallowing reflex and can easily choke on something like that. The teething rings are great, but usually made in shapes and thickness that make it too difficult for a baby to get to their back gums where the teeth are often the most painful coming in.
I've often said I'd make a fortune inventing a teething ring shaped like an X or a T that couldn't be inadvertently swallowed, but could reach the back teeth. You might also try just washing your hands well and using your finger to gently massage his sore gums. This only works until he has a couple teeth and can bite you when you do it! But really the frozen washcloths and oragel worked best for us. That and lots of love and patience! Hang in there, all of them are usually not so bad. Try and find a little time for yourself too. That's important in helping with patience and temper levels. Best of luck to you and your son!
The frozen wash cloth works really well. Used it for my child and just recommended it to a new father. My girl did not like the plastic teethers. She chewed on soft cloth.
By the way, the teething is not continuous. So there are real breaks where your child turns back into a lovely person again.
Once the tooth breaks through your little one will be better. If the child is not, something else is going on. It isn't always teeth. Also the next tooth may be easier, not all are difficult.
My son spent over a year getting his first teeth. They'd come, almost break through and go back down and repeat the process about 2 months later. You didn 't say how old your baby is. That would help in giving advice. Bec ause my son was cutting his first teeth at a late age, the doctors had me give him popsicles, and keep him in the high chair. I spent hours rubbing his gums with Orijel. I rubbed with popsicles, ice cubes in wash clothes. He'd scream in pain, while trying to eat. By the time he was about 8 months old, I gave him Melba toast and Zweiback. Those are wonderful for a teething baby about 6-7 months up, but they need to be supervized. They didn't make that when I had my grandsons, so I baked my own. I gave a piece to a crying baby-and I ended up making big bags of Zweiback for the neighbors and their relatives.
No meds-no dirty teething toys-slightly sweet where the kid wanted it- it was tough but had give, sort of dissolved with the saliva-easy for the kid to hold on to-the dog ate it if dropped on the floor. He got chicken pox when he was 12-Everybody develops differently. You can bake up a batch and bag it-and it will last awhile. It's just that I was baking for about 20 babies. If you want get back to me and I'll send you some recipes. They're really easy to bake.
Maybe try putting his bottle nipples in a baggie in the freezer, and if her uses a pacifier, those too. (I also used to get a glass of ice water with extra ice and rotate 2 pacifiers, letting one sit in ice water and give son the other&rotate..these they can easily move around in their mouth to where it hurts..)
I would also use combo therapy, like I'd rotate the tylenol one dose, and then next dose use Motrin/ibprufen (and u can use it like if he had a fever, where you rotate them every 3-4 hours vs. waiting the 4-6. And also, he may just not be getting the proper dose of medicine. If you call and ask the nurse at your doc's office, they can give you the correct over the counter dosing for tylenol&motrin based on his weight, not age. Lots of babies are actually taking less than they could be for relief, because parents go off the label, not calling the doc's office. With my son, I'd also give him teething tablets along with the pain medicine and other things I mentioned, and if I did all of these on his "bad" days, he would feel better, rest better and be more himself. Also, riding around in the car could help distract and put to sleep so you can get a bit of a break too :0)
but seriously, call the doc's office and see if you can increase his tylenol and motrin and how often you can "rotate" the two medications, as if you were trying to bring down a fever from a cold, etc. They may even offer to give yo ua medication dosage chart paper, that has "correct" dosings of all OTC meds for babies up to age 12..it's my most valued piece of paper! Made tons of copies and taped it up inside my kitchen and bathroom cabinets!
good luck! :0)
You are asking for tips on caring for your teething baby-the teeth just don't come through-and the baby is in great pain. What your child is going through can cause anemia, I know because my son went through the same thing, and they aren't eating age appropiate foods. He was about 12-13 months when his first teeth finally came through. I mentioned some methods special teething biscuits, and you asked me for the recipes for these aids- I've tried posting them 3 times-and they're never posted. My son's doctor said they need to chew and get the teeth punched through. These are the peditricians recommendations that helped my son-by that time he was scared to eat.
Try giving your baby a cooked turkey drum stick-not washed, but with the skin, meat , that sharp bone, tendons removed. The baby will be happier than if you are rubbing the gums-and this will cause the baby to be hungry and try to eat age appropiate things. That's what the Navy peditrician told me. My problem was different, as my son's teeth dropped -receeded where we couldn't see the nubs at all 3-4 times. Then Zweiback-teething biscuits, Melba Toast, and Rusks are all used for babies with teething problems- If your store has fancy English crackers-german cookies, you might find these types of biscuits in that department. Melba Toast- take a slice of bread-cut it in 1.5 inch slices, put on a cookie sheet and bake for a few minutes until the edges are golden brown-I found them too fragile- but babies do like to chew on them. Look on the computer for Zweiback- there R 2 sites that have recipes for it. One is homemade food for babies and the other is allrecipes. You can pick out which recipe that you want to try. I hope this helps you.
When my kids were little I used to put spoons in the fridge and let them chew on the cold spoons. It really helped them a lot because it is firm and cold so it helps reduce the swelling and chewing on the firm surface feels good. I also used the trick of using both liquid motrin and liquid acetaminophen and alternated doses. I would give Motrin then 2-3 hours later give acetaminophen this way I had about 6 hours between doses of the same medication but better pain coverage for the babies. (my doc said this was ok but you might want to check with yours before you do this) The frozen washcloth works well too. Sometimes with the spoons, I would put them in the freezer but I waited a bit before giving them so they werent so cold that they would stick to the babies tender mouth.
Teething is rough! You feel so bad for them and feel so helpless because there is only so much you can do! As one other poster stated "this too shall pass" and that is so right! They grow up so quickly! Enjoy this time because these times when your kids are little are truly some of the best times and best memories of your life and you take the good with the bad. Soon enough that little one will be graduated from school and getting married! It feels like yesterday that mine were little and my oldest is getting married soon and my baby graduates from high school this next school year! I can hardly believe how fast time has gone!
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