What are the normal signs of teething?

Jennifer - posted on 10/04/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 13 month old is teething and she is constantly drooling and doesnt sleep well at night, she is up every 45 mins screaming and the only thing that gets her to settle is rubbing baby oragel on her gums but i dont wanna do it too much but i want her to sleep... Advil helps but it wears off quickly and i can only give it every 6 hours. She also wants NOTHING to do with food, she will drink milk and water but no food at all... is this normal and how long does it normally last?

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Anne-Marie - posted on 10/16/2010

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Don't know where you are living (possibly US) but here in Australia you can get something called Amber Teething Necklaces which lots of mums swear by for helping babies through teething. Basically they are necklace which the baby wears which are made out of baltic amber resin. They are very light and the baby wont even know that it is there. Baltic amber has natural healing properties and when worn against the skin the warmth of the skins causes the amber to release these properties into the skin which soothes the discomfort that the baby suffers when teething. It is a natural analgesic and helps calm and sooth the baby. I know it might sound like a whole pile of mumbo jumbo but believe me it works. If you can't find someplace in US that sells them let me know and I will give you website address for where I got my son's and you could email them and they might be able to send one to you. Also my little man looks totally funky wearing his - little surf dude! In the meantime the advice the girls have given you is all good and will help. We also have Brauers Teething Relief which is a natural medicine which also has helped. Its a natural medicine so can be used in conjunction with panadol etc. Hope this helps. Its not easy on anyone when a little one is suffering with teeth.

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Kristine - posted on 10/19/2010

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My son has to chew on something at all times. Whether it be a remote control, cell phone, or teething ring (I prefer him to gnaw on the later of course). But when it comes to getting him to sleep while he is hurting I hold him close, reassuring him that everything is ok, rocking him back and forth and humming or singing a soft lullaby. In my case, he usually prefers this and will calm down and starts to fall asleep. If that does not work then I give him teething tablets (Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets work wonders). They help soothe the pain and discomfort and he usually falls right asleep.

Dana - posted on 10/18/2010

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My son is 13months old too, and begining to get more teeth. He likes to chew on a cold wash cloth to sooth his, we do the oragel too, with a little tylenol if he is restless and hurting.

LaShunda - posted on 10/18/2010

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Yes its all normal. My son is 1 and have been going through it for almost a week now. He had no problems with his first four teeth coming in. These molars are killing him, two are sticking out already. I use orajel, but its hard because he doesnt like opening his mouth and when he does its not wide enough for me to reach his molars, so I wait til he's really upset and his mouth is wide open and then I rub it on fast. I know it's a bit harsh but I don't want to force my finger in his mouth when he's squirming and risk scratching him. He never liked teething rings. He won't eat anything either. He's on whole milk and I put oatmeal and mixed grains in it so he'll have something in his stomach. He also has a runny nose and a cough which I caught, had a sore throat and lost my voice for a day. Sometimes when he coughs he throws up and that just adds to the agony:( I didn't know they have nightime orajel, I'm gonna try that and the teething tablets. Good luck ladies, I know exactly how you feel. Hope this ends as soon as possible!!!

Ashlea - posted on 10/15/2010

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My son doesn't always eat when he is teething. Are you using advil or childrens's motrin? Motrin works best for us. My son's doctor said as long as he's gets "snacks" of what he would eat at a meal then he's ok. What you're going through is NORMAL

Laura - posted on 10/13/2010

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sounds familiar. Camillia works well for teethers & can be picked up at Walmart. Its a homeopathic remedy so you don't have to worry about nasty side affects that advil or orajel carry. I've also heard the amber teething necklaces work well.

AnneMaree - posted on 10/13/2010

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Wow, sounds exactly like my son, he is 13 months as well and he wakes up screaming because he's teething. We just make sure he's had nurofen before he has his naps and goes to sleep for the night. And if he still wakes up screaming in the night we give him panadol as well. During the day he's not as bad, and as Jessi Cremers said teething does come with what most people will call flu symptoms, the runny nose, fever, sore throat, that sort of thing. As tiring and frustrating my son gets when he won't settle through the night, I just have to find something that will keep him occupied until he is ready to fall asleep again, even if it takes a few hours.
Don't stress if you daughter doesn't want to eat, she will still be getting nutrients from her milk, but I'd recommend trying custards and purees if you haven't already.

Hopefully it all comes good! I know how stressful it is :-) Hang in there!

Antrina - posted on 10/12/2010

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TRY HYLAND'S TEETHING TABLETS, IN MOST DRUG AND HEALTHY LIVING STORES (PLANET ORGANIC, THRIFTY FOODS) THEY WORKED FOR US FROM DAY ONE AND CAME HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY QUITE A FEW MOTHERS.

Tracy - posted on 10/11/2010

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speaking of teething....... what is regarded as the normal order for teeth to break through? my first started teething at 4 months and 1 after the other they just kept popping out. he seemed to have mild irritation with them but nothing a teething ring couldn't sooth. they started with bottom front then top front and the each side top and bottom. he is now 10 and has lost all his baby teeth . however liam cut his bottom 2 front 1.5 weeks b4 his 1st birthday at the same time tada they were there. he was off his food and a little fiddly. he has now cut 2 more teeth again off his food and hard to settle.....but not his front top 2..... i have a vampire for a son he has his top 2 canine. it is rather cute but seems kind of out of sequence. just wondering about your thoughts on this. unless strangely enough he is a vampire... LOL jk

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My son has 8 teeth in front and it breaking 4 molars (2 up top and 2 on bottom) right now. His nose is running like crazy. I give him benedryl before bed and naps to help keep it from making his throat sore and we use the nighttime Orajel and Motrin. Make sure when you put the Orajel on you rub it in real good. And if the Motrin isn't cutting it, u can alternate with Tylenol and Motrin every 4 hours. Also teething tablets are great also. Throw 4 in bedtime bottles and it help calm them too. There safe and homeopathic. My son slept alnight last night without waking up (thank god). Good Luck! Diana RN

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Yup, it all sounds about right, although some kids suffer more than others. Not sure why.

Roxanne drools a ton but that's about it. When she got her two year molars she had a low grade fever and rosy cheeks but none of the other bothered her much.

The other ladies have offered you some wonderful suggestions on how to remedy/ease the symptoms. Good luck!

Jessi - posted on 10/09/2010

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It's probably teething. We only use the nighttime oragel, we don't think the regular stuff works very good. It's all normal. My sister and I also think the following are from teething, although my doctor disagrees... Flu like symptoms. The two weeks before my son broke three of his 1st year molars (he broke them thru all at once) He had a runny nose, an ear infection, fever up to 103 and diarrhea. My daughter also did the same at one time or another when she was breaking some more difficult teeth. And my sister's kids (has 3) have done the same. Most will call that the flu, but we think it's all teething symptoms.



A cold wet washcloth will help too, beside teething rings. Sometimes we'll put it in the fridge or freezer for a little bit to get it colder. Just get her to eat what she will, keep giving the Advil (same as Motrin), and use the Oragel when you need it. GOOD LUCK. The joys of parenthood, huh!?

Laura - posted on 10/08/2010

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Yep! sounds just like my daughter! she just turned one and right now has her 1st molars coming in and her "fangs" LOL! not sure of the name! she has 6 teeth already! It usually lasts till the tooth is atleast poking through, with my daughter it usually lasts till the tooth is almost all the way through! so it can be 2 months sometimes of teething! :( shes started teething at 3 motnhs and her first tooth came through at 5months! So teething can be very long for some!! :( ME! lol
I would suggest, teething rings, frozen face cloth (water first then freeze). You can also try Camilia. I still use it for my daughter. its all natural and completely safe! its good for many other things too! Hope her teeth come through soon!

Kim - posted on 10/04/2010

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Sure sounds like teething to me. Can you give her a teething ring or something cold to help with the pain? Have you tried Children's Motrin?

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