my 5 month old is TEETHING, anybody have any suggestions?

Jena - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old has been teething and i feel so bad. Some moms i have spoken to tell me not to give her baby orajel because it could numb her throat and cause her to stop breathing? did this happen to anyone? and also does anyone have any suggestions??? she used to sleep from 10pm til 8:30am but now she has been waking up around 6:30 screaming in pain :(

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Elizabeth - posted on 02/16/2010

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I also heard to use the teething tablets. I heard from many people that they work great!

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Kati - posted on 02/17/2010

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Ok so I found a GREAT teether at Target. It's called a Nuby. My son absolutely loves it. It was a little expensive for a teether but hey whatever helps.

Jessica - posted on 02/17/2010

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I used the oralgel for my older 2 kids, don't think that it really worked, except to have them slobber more! Our little girl is about 5 1/2 months now, and I think that she is teething, chewing on everything and drooling like crazy, so I will have to remember to find those teething tablets. Good luck with your little guy!

Julia - posted on 02/16/2010

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You have probably heard all the stuff i'm gonna mention we are doing for our little one - LOL since i'm a bit slow to get on here..... Plus I live in Australia - so i'm not sure if you have all the same names of medications where u are living.... especially if in the US cos they have different names for medications. But for my little one we give her teething rings which we put in the fridge, i have used bonjela gel (never heard anything about numbing the throat - and haven't had any problems), baby panadol we have also given her which u can give every 4 -6 hours. Other things we tried were rusks and also a cooled spoon (which was placed in the freezer to make it go cool - she could chew down on this which gave temporary relief). Also to, i found this site very helpful not just for teething - but also for other info.
http://www.babycenter.com.au/baby/health...

Kati - posted on 02/14/2010

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Teething tablets never really worked for me. I also prefer baby Motrin over baby Tylenol. It's seems to work faster and longer which could be because it is an anti-inflammatory rather than just a pain killer. Meaning it gets a little more at the root of the problem instead of just treating the symptom. On really bad days I will alternate Tylenol and Motrin for the worst part of the day. I've never heard anything bad about Orajel but my son doesn't seem to care for the numb feeling (he will cry harder at times after application). I hope this helps and know that I feel your pain.

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I have been giving my son capsules of homeopathic teething liquid ( it doesnt numb like orajel ) orajel has been known to numb the tongue cause a child to have no control of it and swallowing their tongue. also i take clean wet frozen clthes and let him chew on that.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/13/2010

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I've been using baby teething tablets. They disolve right in his mouth right away and work wonders. They are all natural so no need to worry about numbing of throats...though I have never heard of that before.

Lyn - posted on 02/13/2010

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I give my 5 month old cold wedges of melon from the fridge to chomp on it soothes her gums and is made mostly of water so she is unlikely to choke just make sure you have a large bib to go over her as it can get a little messy. Apart from that I use calgel on her gums at night and ashton and parsons powder through the day which is a powder you put on her tongue for instant relief.
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Kerry - posted on 02/13/2010

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i use bonjela teething gel for my 5 month old which seems to help a bit also letting her chew on my finger and i give her a rusk which keeps her quiet for an hour or 2. given her calpol a few times which is magic stuff :-)

Crystal - posted on 02/10/2010

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I use homeopathic teething tablets. I dissolve three tablets in a teaspoon of water when my baby seems to be in a lot of pain. Within 5 min she calms down. I also give her a frozen teething ring to chew on durring the day.

Jadah - posted on 02/09/2010

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I've been giving my 5 month old baby orajel, and so far nothing has gone awry. I hadn't heard that it could cause her to stop breathing, so I don't know. It does say to only give it to them up to four times a day, and she still chews on things like crazy, so I really don't think it will hinder her teeth from coming in. Kristine's ideas are good, and you can also try the teethers with the liquid in them that you put in the freezer. Good luck!

Kristine - posted on 02/03/2010

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baby tylenol works for us. it also brings down her fever and helps her sleep a little. But I only give it if she has a fever. I havent tried it but i've been told to get carrots and freeze them and let her chew on that. And also cool wet wash cloths

I didn't know that about baby orajel. I was told that it just hinders the tooth from coming in because they don't chew on anything to help it along.

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