I'm frustrated! Please help!

Nikkita - posted on 08/23/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 6 month old is teething, and has been for a few months now. She also fights sleep REALLY bad! There are some times that she gets quite irritable and doesn't want to eat, sleep, be in her own space, or anything...so, she just cries and hollers. Sometimes I get sad b/c I can't seem to calm her, but other times I get frustrated because she just won't chill out. When I get angry/frustrated, I feel lkike a bad mommy. I feel like I need a break from her when she does that, but I have nowhere I can take her. What do I do? Is this abnormal? Please help me!

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Abigayle - posted on 08/25/2010

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Honey I have four kids of my own and two step kids...yes its totally normal. If you feel that its a little more like post partum don't be afraid to ask your doctor to screen you. I had to be put on lexapro for three months with my third child who wouldn't be able to sleep anywhere but her swing for she threw everything up and choking and coughing became a life threatening thing and just had my two year old undergoing assessments for Autism and a five year old displaying emotional outbursts and their father in the marines and not there. If it gets that bad its okay to step away when you know she is safe to take a min...its okay to let them cry. Have a friend or family member come give you even an hour a week without the child. A bad mom wouldn't notice that and be concerned.

Kelly - posted on 08/25/2010

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no its not abnormal hunni i struggled with depression so i felt the same its normal to feel that way my son really struggled with his first tooth but i found swaddling him in a cotton blankie with arms tucked in so he couldnt fight me or get to hot i rubbed teethin gel on his gums rocked him gently sang a lulaby to him an he soon calmed down an slept now he getting his back teeth n takes it in his stride you wouldnt know unless he bites you lol

good luck hunni x

Gina - posted on 08/25/2010

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As the other have said, this is normal. I personally don't like Oral Gel because it has a tendency to numb their throats, so I give my son teething tablets. They are called Hyland's. They are all natural and they work for Kai. I give him the tablets in a little juice. You can also place them under the babies tongue. You can give her the tablets, Tylenol or Motrin, and nice warm bath. It should calm her enough for her to sleep.

Ebony - posted on 08/24/2010

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Nothing abnormal here! You're not a bad mommie. Let's see, Oral Gel helps, teething rings help and at night a full warm bath followed by a nice warm bottle and a drive around a few blocks should put her right out. The vibrations from the car is like magic to babies. It may waste gas but you'll get some sleep. If you're "razzled' and in an up roar then she will be also. So play some classical music and sooth yourself. This should also help her calm down simply because you are! Good luck and soon this faze will be over.

Bethany - posted on 08/24/2010

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This is all soooo very normal. My daughter is 5 and half months now and her first 2 teeth came in back to back about a month ago!!! She was so miserable and all I could do is give her Tylenol and Baby Oragel. You WILL get through this even though it doesn't feel like it at the moment lol. My advice to you for when she is screaming and you need a break is to just go put her in her crib and let her cry her self to sleep. I just finally started doing this even though I thought I was being a "bad" mother for doing that. It actually works because sometimes our little ones want there own space to pitch a fit in too lol!!

Jessy - posted on 08/24/2010

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When I'm dealing with a baby that is freaking out and refuses to calm down, the thing that helps for my kids is to feed them, then a little dose of baby tylenol for the teeth, and then a long very warm bath..all babies are different, but I have noticed that if I try to stick with somewhat of a routine it makes it a little easier on all of us. Good luck! Teething is not fun for anyone! Also remember...babies cry! So don't feel too bad, it's just what they do sometimes...or alot of the time...it also tires them out..so if you get too frustrated just step outside and get some air for a minute or two, make sure she is in the crib or somewhere safe, and just let her cry it out a little bit. If youre too stressed out they feel that vibe, so it's best to make sure you are somewhat calm before you deal with crying baby..

Kimberly - posted on 08/24/2010

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Have you tried baby orajel? Or teething tablets? I use the orajel on my son, which numbs his gums really quick and he calms down after a little rocking and his soother. You could also try taking her for a walk in the stroller. The motion might help her calm down, and at the very least, it gets you out of the house. What I do when my little man is upset is put on my earphones and let him calm himself while we walk. The music is my time out while I walk off the frustration I feel.

Klarissa - posted on 08/23/2010

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Nikkita,
No this is not abnormal, my daughter is 6 months and is doing the exact same thing, as far as trying to soothe her, try giving her a bath where she can sit in the water, or try giving her cold cloth or cold things to have in her mouth, I know i feel the same way when my daughter is teething, but i just have to remember that soon the teeth will be coming in i hope this helps

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