Teething and getting work done?! Any Advice is helpful!

Alycia - posted on 03/06/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Well my son used to be a very happy baby and a great napper and night sleeper...then this pesky teething business started!! This is my busiest semester for workload and his clingyness and crankiness and always being so discontent means I am not getting nearly enough done! I love my son but I do have things that NEED to get done so I was just wondering if anyone has advice on things to help me tame the child and get some work done too?! Thanks

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Thus far, I have relied on orajel, and distractions such as videos (Your Baby Can Read & Baby Einstein). The distractions work for about 30 minutes and then we both take a small break. If I have reading to do, I nurse my 8 month old at the same time. In some instances she tries to eat my books and then I know she is ready to play on her own. Every now and then I get those big projects for school and I try and set up a sitter like my mother, mother-in-law, aunt (free child-care haha). And of course there is the option of letting daddy take care of your little one. It can be rough at times, I know. My hubby works 50+ hours and is usually exhausted but sometimes I have to put my foot down when I need him. There are just those days where work, school, and motherhood can take a toll on me and I just need a few hours to sort it all out.  I will say I am glad that i am not the only one who feels like they just need a little help and support at times.

Theo - posted on 03/24/2009

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WEll for me I just really put a cold washcloth for my baby girl and let her bite that cloth or even sip that cold water. As long as the baby is doing good with that. Buy him a toy that is for teether...the colder the toy is the better for their teeth to soothed down. I wouldn't recommend ORAJEl because this substance can actually numb the gums and have a drolling affect on your child and can lead to some choking on his own saliva. Tylenol for pain medication if that relieves its.



For a student i s hard to manage being a mother but if maybe you take your son for a walk in teh mall for like 30 min-45 mins. or even to your street areas where he can see, watch or even walk around and get him not to notice his teething problem. Try to occupy him as much as possible. Try to play a game with him .Comfort him when he really needs it because they want your attention adn we can't really do much when this dilemma occurs. Hope that helps out.

Cherie - posted on 03/11/2009

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Yeah, my son is 5 months, and he's teething right now as well...I'm a senior so I'm just trying to get by, unfortunately, I'm a HUGE overachiever who has to do everything well, so it's hard not to be frustrated like ALL the time!! But honestly, my son absolutely loves chilled bananas. I figured that would fill amazing on his tender gums, and better than that, he gets fuller. As for the Tylenol, it works for a bit for him, but he's cranky like an hour later. When my son is really fussy, sometimes the only thing to do is rock him, or lay him in our bed, and just distract him by playing. It takes time away from homework, but of course, the baby is priority #1. So don't let yourself get too frustrated!! Your baby will be over this soon, and then you'll want these moments back (or so I'm told.)

Christine - posted on 03/11/2009

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I understand the not wanting to do more work. Have you triedthe carrier while he is teething? He might find it different because he does want some comfort. Have you tried just letting him cry it out? My daughter always wants to be held to go to sleep, which doesn't work for me. I make sure she is feed, changed, warm, and leave her. If the crying still persists I go and calm her down and then leave her again. Eventually she cries herself to sleep. Maybe you can give him the baby orajel and try it?

Alycia - posted on 03/11/2009

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well to be honest we've tried the carrier around the house and he's far too active of a child to be content in one. He just screams, he wants to be crawling and walking around using the furniture...my gosh he's a busy little man! I dunno...I think because of the teething that's why he's being really clingy. I have found getting his dad to take him somewhere for like an hour is a little helpful...but that can only happen in the evenings. LEt's face it after along day of baby duty and classes I just don't wanna think about my work anymore...but it's becoming necessary for sure!

Christine - posted on 03/11/2009

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What about putting your son in a sling, snugli, moby wrap, or any other type of carrier? This way he will be close to you and maybe not so fussy. You will also have your hands free to do other things, like read papers and do some homework. It might be a little awkward just cause you have a baby strapped on to the front of you, but you can learn to maneuver. He can also sleep there. My daughter falls asleep in her moby wrap all the time. It may not be the most ideal situation, but it can work until he stops teething or your busy semester slows down.

Shobha - posted on 03/09/2009

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I totally understand where your comming from.... my 3 month old is doing the same thing. I took him to the doctor and they said it can take up to months before it somes out... I am not sure...I actually got the homopathetic remodey it works but it wouldn't stop the cling iness... my sons still wouldnt let me get my work done... and as for his father o boy...

Alycia - posted on 03/07/2009

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Thanks Katherine! We do use gum gel and tylenol and he chews on everything haha. He watches lots of videos and we downloaded every baby einstein DVD he would much rather play than watch TV which I can't complain about I'm not a fan of television anyways! I think I'm just at my wits end and I'm afraid that the teething business will ease when school is done which would be just my luck! I just have so much to do and nothing traditional seems to be helping him...I try to get stuff done while he sleeps but I have so much to do I don't seem to get too far !

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Orajel, tylenol, tons of liquid and let him bite on things. I am in nursing school and my daughter is almost 9 months. She got teeth early. Thankfully she wasn't too fussy... but there were days and it was hellish! It wont last forever, you just need to do work when he sleeps and sometimes just let him cry it out. OH! go to YouTube and type in Baby Einstein- baby beethoven. I put that on for my daughter, I started to at least about 4 months ago. She didn't like it the first time, but after that she got hooked! It is in 3 parts and its a nice little video for them to watch. IT gives me at least a half an hour. There are other Baby Einstein things I let her watch too. I think a McDonald one is on there. It isn't stupid stuff- it actually stimulates the mind :) So try it out! He might just give you a half an hour of peace!

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