What do I do?

Allison - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 118 moms have responded )

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What do I do if my 6 month old teething baby boy won't chew anything cold, or chew on any of his teething toys, and Tylenol barely works. I already see one tooth coming up pretty fast!!

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Tammy - posted on 05/23/2010

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Seems to me that you've tried everything BUT Anebosol and Orajel. I was in pretty much the same boat as you, sometimes you can't go by the book, and sometimes you just do what mommy knows best. Anebelsol and orajel is on the market for a reason... Some person over did it with the stuff and their kid choked on their own spit and now all the nurses are saying don't use it. Common sense only need be applied here. Put a little dab of it on your finger and apply it to your tongue so you know it's effect. it only takes a little tiny dap to do the trick and if it's massaged into the gums properly then it won't numb the throat.

If you've truly tried everything else, then.. well don't knock it till you've tried it... it's the only thing that worked for both my children.

April - posted on 05/24/2010

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Since your son does not like anything cold, get a sippy cup. Get one with a soft south peice, not the hard ones. Anyways put some juice or formula in it. If your kid has never drank out of one he will chew on it. It may help relieve the pressure on his gums. Or try a warm damp wash clothe, my son love that.

Angie - posted on 05/22/2010

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My baby was an awful teether. We used an amber teething necklace (try googling inspired by finn) and it really made a difference. She was a much happier baby the days I remembered to put it on her. Infant motrin at 6 months is generally considered safe, from the research I've done it's actually safer than tylenol once they hit 6 months. Although we really tried to avoid medicating for teething unless absolutely necessary.

The orajel I've heard works wonders so I tried it on myself just to see what happened. It numbed my entire mouth (my tongue touched the gel and spread it all over). I can't imagine being an infant with a completely numb mouth so I never tried it on my own kids.

Wood teethers seemed to work better for my girls, they didn't like the cold or soft teethers either.

Theresa - posted on 05/21/2010

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rub some baby orajel on his gums. the only thing my baby lies to chew on is her own hand. so as far the chewing i don't really know what to say, but baby orajel.

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Wendy - posted on 07/20/2010

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I used a combination of Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets with the Tylenol. (Waiting about an hour or so between giving the tablets and the Tylenol.) I've never been one to turn to homoeopathic remedies, but my sister used it with her three children and I ran it past my pediatrician, who said it was fine. My son likes them and they seem to help. (He never liked the cold teething toys). Vibrating teethers also gave him some relief.

Alicia - posted on 06/06/2010

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My pediatrician said to rub children's benedryl on the gums. She said babies digest it better than oragel. My baby chewed on her fingers a lot so I was afraid to use oragel fearing she would rub it in her eyes. I also used Hyland teething tablets and let her chew on a wet washcloth.

Jamie - posted on 06/05/2010

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We rolled up wet washcloths, like cigars, and froze them. My baby hated the teething rings, too.

Teressa - posted on 06/04/2010

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try some all-fruit popsicles or some corn on the cob that you have eaten the corn off of, the lil bit of butter is yummy for them and there is nutrition in the corn. But my #1 suggestion is all natural teething tablets.

Raven - posted on 06/04/2010

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My son starting teething at 3 months...of course I tried the teething toys and stuff but my son also did not like them b/c they were cold. I did use the baby orajel and it helped a little. But the biggest thing that helped him was his pacifier's..I would put them in the freezer in a ziplock bag of course and when he started getting fussy i would just give him one of those. He really liked it and still to this day he prefers the cold paci's to his teething rings (he is 13months old) I wish you luck and I hope that you can find something that works

Jennifer - posted on 06/04/2010

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try frozen popcicles or get the mesh device they have in the baby section and put a piece of frozen fruit... teething tablets work as well

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I would maybe see the Dr. to rule out an ear infection. My son's had 2 recently (he's 8 months) along with cutting teeth, and for a while, I didn't think that's what was going on. He was very cranky, not sleeping well, and tytlenol wasn't doing much either.

Corina - posted on 06/04/2010

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Well when my daughter wasw teething i was told several differnt things.1. let him chew on a wet towel. 2. cut a purple onion and rub his gums with it [it will numb them] 3. use teething tablets and motrin. And believe it or not they all worked.

Sarah - posted on 06/03/2010

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We found tiny popsicles at the grocery store. My daughter wouldn't do any of the teething rings or anything like that, but she loved a little popsicle every once and a while. They are easy for their little hands to hold too.

Alexis - posted on 06/03/2010

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Hang in there! My son wouldnt take to anything and these last two teeth really hurt him, he found a sock one day and started chewing on it, maybe your baby wants something soft like mine did. Good Luck, it will pass!

Maria - posted on 06/03/2010

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I will say Humfrey teething tablets or the anbesol... Or get the Nibbler its like a pacifier which comes with a net that u can put frozen fruits in which hes going to love plus it helps with the teeting

Kristin - posted on 06/03/2010

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So, this is going to sound a little (or a lot) sadistic, but counter-pressure. Use your finger and push on the area right over the tooth. It cuts it through faster and sort of short circuits the nerves. He will be able to chomp on something else then or continue to gnaw on your (or his) finger for a bit longer.

Amanda - posted on 06/02/2010

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i use baltic amber necklet for my son all you have to do it put it a round his neck my son started wearing it at 4 month they don't put it in there month it just sit there and it is cute and every one love it

Rebecca - posted on 06/01/2010

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I have one of those little baby tooth brushes that slides onto your fingers. I slip it on and use the side without the bristles to rub his gums and let him chew on my finger. He loves it.

Wadiya - posted on 06/01/2010

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try cool wash cloths, teething tablets, and Mum Mums. Mum Mums are rice based, baked teething cookies. They really worked for my son.

Julie - posted on 06/01/2010

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Have you tried a wet wash cloth? My babies always liked that the best. I just got it wet with cold water, so it was cool, but not so cold as something refrigerated or frozen.

Jenny - posted on 05/31/2010

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Teething tablets are the best love them! I also put washcloths in the freezer he likes that.

Aicha - posted on 05/30/2010

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give him a piece of purple onion white onions also work well for teething pain that's what my daughter teeths on

Cassandra - posted on 05/30/2010

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all natural teething tablets really helps my son when he's fussy about teething

Mustika - posted on 05/29/2010

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My bub is like that too when teething. I put bonjela gel on my bub's gums. In NZ we have biscuits called 'gingernuts'. They are hard ginger biscuits, I put them in the freezer, she seems to likes that. The other thing is frozen small bananas. Goodluck.

Erin - posted on 05/29/2010

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i tried th tylenol thing but my sone was the same way. He wouldnt chew anything cold or his toys. he lilked to chew on his blanket and a wet toel. also i gave him a cold slice of green pepper an he gummed it even trty a carrot that has been peeled. just have to keep and eye on them so they dont break a piece off. but he didnt have that happen until he had a couple teeth come in

Christi - posted on 05/29/2010

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Homeopathic teething remedies are a god send in this house. They almost instantly relieve my daughters discomfort. You can find them at Whole Foods and some drug stores.

Michelle - posted on 05/29/2010

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Mine enjoys chewing on a plastic baby spoon. I have plenty, so there's always one in the fridge or the dishwasher.

Samantha - posted on 05/28/2010

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mine didnt like them unless it fit in her mouth so we gave her a toothbrush. was told by health visitor it also helps to form a bond for baby and brush that when they get older they dont suddenly start fighting with brushing because they see it as a pain reliever and something good. i also used long thick strips of beef steak! gives them something to chew that doesnt break off. or our other favourite was a ladys finger (the biscuit you use in trifle, sorry dont know how to spell lol) they just dissolve in the mouth. but as always only give all three if you are with them. my little one accidently gagged on her toothbrush twice but has already learnt now not to put it in too far!

Amy - posted on 05/28/2010

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clove oil! mix a little with olive oil and rub on your little one's gums. you will have a happy baby again within 60 seconds.

Sarah - posted on 05/28/2010

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My little guy was just the same way and I found that distraction was the best tool. Soft foods at mealtimes and plenty of getting out of the house helped him stay happiest but he is still relatively fussy when the teeth are finally through. Generic motrin at night helps him sleep through the night but only once in a blue moon do we give him that so as to not overwhelm his little system.

Isabel - posted on 05/28/2010

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i used the orajel that comes in q tips. that way you don't accidentally give them too much cuz that is really bad.

Katie - posted on 05/28/2010

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my little boy didn't like teething rings or anything like that either. Turns out he LOVES to chew on the head of a rubber ducky. haha It's the right shape and give just enough resistance without being cold or too hard.

Jenni - posted on 05/28/2010

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My daughter pretty much told me/showed me what she wanted when she started teething, hard bread crusts and Calprofen. She just took a crust off my plate and started chewing on it and she seemed so much happier, I guess something to do with putting pressure on her gums...

Amanda - posted on 05/28/2010

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Try this: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sassy-Baby-Saf... Put some really cold watermelon or apple slices in the feeder. We don't like to drug our son too much, so we give him some fruit in these and he loves it! It's a big helper when we're both cleaning or cooking. I do like the teething tablets. They are a big help too, but they can put him to sleep. Our son won't take a teething ring either. We've had to find alternatives and they have made a huge difference in his temperament.

Lisa - posted on 05/27/2010

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if you dont want to give 'medicines' and teething gells all the time esp 2 one so young (my lil man cut his first 2 teeth @4mths)
I found dried apricots to be a fantastic teether, they are just the right kind if rubbery and whilest they have a small amount of preservative (2%) otherwise theyre all fruit
Depends how your lil one is going with food if you think they might choke on bits they chew off then obviously dont try them but by 6mths bub should be ok if you keep an eye on them

Roxanne - posted on 05/27/2010

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been there done that, and doing it again at 15 months. Same issues, nothing worked. Unfortunately, my babies case was that he got more than one at the same time. First he got 1, then all 3, then 4 at the same time, now we are working on the molars. Nothing, you can really do but love on them. I also got camilia which helped for about 10-15 min. At night, I would just let him cry it out, not point in waking them up if they are crying in their sleep. good luck, time heals all.

Zoe - posted on 05/27/2010

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buy some baby paracetimol and an adults bojela but only use a ting pi prick amount it worked for my daughter as she wouldnt chew or bite any thing

Lauren - posted on 05/27/2010

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A few different things worked for me. My 1st son used orajel and tylenol. They both worked for him, but my 2nd was completely opposite. I know this is going to soud unusual and strange, but it worked. Give him a wooden spoon. It's hard and they like chewing on it. Something about the texture. Another thing is a washcloth. You can wet it down or give them a dry one if you don't want wet spots everywhere. Anything hard that babies usually can't have will be what they want to chew on. But a wooden spoon won't hurt them if it's a nice solid reinforced one as long as you watch they don't put the handle in their mouth. It works because my now 1 year old was a very craky baby when he was teething and nothing worked for him until he got his spoon.

Kat - posted on 05/27/2010

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they have thing at walgreens called ra-z-baby. it's like a pacifier only made of chewable teething stuff. my son wouldnt chew on anything. sometimes he chews on that. there's also hyland's teething tablets. they work SO well for my son (orajel doesnt).

Samantha - posted on 05/27/2010

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I use baby orajel and tylenol. Sometimes a cool washcloth for them to gnaw on works too.

Nats - posted on 05/27/2010

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Char was the same - nothing worked except gnawing on (mummy and daddy's) shoulders or knees... strange.

We also used the homeopathic teething powders (we got them in Boots back in the UK). She responded like it was baby crack. Scary.

Good luck!

Simone - posted on 05/27/2010

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My 8 month old won't chew on any cold teething rings either, I found Hyland's homeopathic tablets good (particularly when she was really cranky and over tired), also damp face cloths & SM33.... and although a bit expensive, she absolutely adores Sophie la Giraffe - natural rubber teething toy with food grade paint. Good luck, unfortunately it doesn't end with that first long awaited tooth!

Rowena - posted on 05/27/2010

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I recommend alternating tylenol and ibuprofin but also....My little girl is 13mths now and when she was 6mths old a friend of mine recommended Teething beads. I had never heard of them but i bought them on Ebay (10 euro from a girl in Latvia, im based in Ireland but im sure you can get them in the States) and they are wonderful. Having witnessed my little girl getting teeth before and after i used the beads i really recommed them. I havent noticed her getting teeth since she has begun wearing the beads. She has even got molars without me noticing. The dribbling is the only hint i get that she is teething and it really cut down on my use of medicines. They come in a little necklace form for daytime and i also bought a bracelet for night-time which i wrapped around her ankle. Each bead is individually knotted in place so if the necklace breaks no beads fall off thus ensuring your little one doesnt choke on them. I cannot recommend them highly enough and have bought them as gifts for my friends babies. Anyone i know who has used them agree with me. Good luck!

My little girl refused teething toys/wet rags too!

Heather - posted on 05/27/2010

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i used teething tablets for my daughter and they work instantly. u just stick them under the tongue and they dissolve almost instantly i always held them there til they dissolved. have u tried a wet rag? he might chew on it just put cool water on it if he doesn't like cold. my daughter didn't like cold stuff either for awhile but she got used to it.

Leslie - posted on 05/26/2010

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I got my son a teether that vibrates when he bites on it. His is in the shape of a star, but I think they have all sorts of shapes. The brands I have seen are by First Years and Munchkin.

Bryn - posted on 05/26/2010

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I used teething tablets that are sold in Target or Babies R Us. They are homeopathetic so they don't have anything that would hurt your little one. I thought that they really helped. They are very small pills that dissolve under the child's tongue. Teething is the pits. Hang in there.

Rebecca - posted on 05/26/2010

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my children were the same, didnt want to chew anything cold.
try teething rusks, you can get them from the supermarket, they work wonders

Cara - posted on 05/26/2010

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my son really liked to chew on his blanket. and now he still loves his blanket when he is sleepy but he does not carry it around all day but he has to have a blanket when he sleeps when he was teething and i gave him a blanket to chew on he loved it and it helps calm him. so try that

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