Does anyone feel like using Tylenol 2-3 times a day for teething could be bad for my 4 month old?

Christina - posted on 07/12/2009 ( 34 moms have responded )

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I feel like I should be finding a more natural way to soothe my baby, but Tylenol just seems to work so much better. . I feel guilty every time I use it.

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Linda - posted on 12/13/2013

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I know a woman that has given her 1 year old son a dose of baby tylenol every afternoon and evening to help him sleep since he was 4 months old.
, How harmful is this to such a little thing?. What are the long term effects on such prolonged use.?

Leanne - posted on 07/02/2012

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I don't think that babies under 6 months are even supposed to have any motrin (ibuprofen)....check w/ the pedi first before you alternate it w/ tylenol....good luck!

Kim - posted on 08/21/2013

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I felt the same way with my daughter I tried everything but nothing helped her as much as Tylenol so u called my pharmacist she said the 5 day warning was for a high fever and it is fine to give your baby Tylenol every four to six hours as needed

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 07/02/2012

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No, 2-3 times a day, for pain or fever control is not excessive. Just don't use it unless it is needed. Also, I am not a fan of orajel, since it could lead to numbing their throat, if swallowed. I would just stick with the Tylenol. It works wonders. ;)



Also, the teething tablets are banned in Canada because they have caused some terrible side affects. I wouldn't use those either. Just me but I prefer caution. ;)



Advil/Motrin is available in Pediatric drops. So, yes, they are safe for a baby. It is Aspirin, that you should never ever use.



Oh also, never ever use Advil unless they are fully hydrated. It can cause the kidney's to fail. So, if they are ever sick and not drinking, avoid using it. Tylenol would be best then.

Amanda - posted on 07/12/2009

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Alternate tylenol and motrin, it's much healthier in the long run. Lowers the chances of having too much of one in the system at a time(which can cause certain organ damage depending on medication using). I also try to space mine out a little more if at all possible. Like if it says every 4-6 hours, if she's not really fussy, I'll try to wait 7-8 hours. But you get the picture. It's worked pretty well for my 2.

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Sarah - posted on 07/11/2012

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As long as you are dosing him appropriately for his weight and no more than what is recommended (every 4-6 hours) it is totally fine. I personally avoid the teething tablets because they contain belladonna in them (a sedative). Oragel is not really recommended them anymore because if they swallow it it can numb their throat and cause them to aspirate into their lungs. I would stick with the Tylenol and ibuprofen (alternate) or if you want to try something more natural, I also swear by the Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces. I was skeptical of them at first until I tried them, now I fully believe in them!

Leisa - posted on 07/11/2012

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Christina, I have a 7 month old and she has started teething around 6 months. I definately feel bad about giving her medication, but I do so to keep her comfortable as possible. It would not be good to over use it, but otherwise I think it is good to give it to her when she is very uncomfortable.

Marinela - posted on 07/07/2012

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For teething i give to my babies tylenol or syrop for fever just if they get any fever or else i don`t give them at all.There is a special gel to rub the gums when they are teething and it works well,i use it on my babies and some of my sister in low baby and it was amazing how the poor little babies stop crying and take the pain away.I know is hurting the mother too,when the baby is in pain.Good luck.Don`t feel bad about it,i am sure you do a great job.Just keep in your mind,the fever is you have to watch out.

Deadra - posted on 07/15/2009

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If he's over 11 pounds you can use Motrin. My doctor said to use Tylenol during the day and Motrin at night. That's because Motrin lasts 6-8 hours and Tylenol lasts 4-6 hours. Also, one is processed by the kidneys and one is processed by the liver, so it kind of gives one a break. Usually you don't have to give every dose he could have every day for very long, maybe just a couple of days.

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Remember when baby teeth's they're in pain and u have to be careful that you do not overdose them every 4-6hrs not exceeding 3times aday you can check the directions on the bottle. One other thing that works is giving him toast to bite on and there is an ointment called BONJELA this cools and soothes the gums this has been real helpful for my kids . I hope this was helpful.

Kate - posted on 07/15/2009

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I don't use Tylenol ever and feel it is dangerous to use it that often...especially with the recent information coming out that it is the #1 cause of liver failure in this country (US and UK).

If teething tablets don't work, buy some chamomilla (herbal/homeopathic) and try that. You can also give more teething tablets -- 1 didn't work for my DD but 2 - 3 helped. I would seriously hesitate to give Tylenol several times a day for days on end, especially to a baby so young.

Shannon - posted on 07/15/2009

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I've heard of the choking thing for orajel, but if you use only a pea size amount and ensure it's only on the teethe that are coming in, it works better, I was really nervous at first, andthwn my son was in agonizing pain, I just made sure not to put anything in his mouth right after to allow for any of it to go down his throat.

Kirsi - posted on 07/15/2009

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I found Hyland's Homeopathic teething tablets very useful. You can buy then in almost every pharmacy. I know there is some herbs involved so follow the guidelines but with my children these little pills stopped their crying almost instantly most times. I agree Tylenol 4 times a day is a lot if given many days in a row. Good luck and hopefully he gets over teething soon!

Shannon - posted on 07/15/2009

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my son was 5 weeks early and he had some tummy troubles at first I felt bad giving him meds because he wasn't even term yet, but as far as your baby being older and healthy I wouldn't worry about it, be careful though as he may grow tolerant and it won't work the next time teeth come in, look for the overnight orajel as it's stronger, and if you use the advil then you won't have to give it as often as you are. Good luck!

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How frequently are you giving him Tylenol 2-3 times a day? Was it just once or twice, or is it happening on a regular basis? My bottle of infant Tylenol says not to give for more than five days in a row, unless you've consulted the doctor. I would be worried about overmedicating if you are needing to do this a lot.

As for teething, I always found freezing a wet washcloth for baby to chew on worked better than anything else. Sometimes they just need a distraction from the teething discomfort, too - try to keep him active during the day. Good luck!

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Hylands teething pills. You get them at the health food store, and they're all natural and totally safe. I barely knew my daughter was teething because of them. I recommend them to everyone, and everyone tells me they are a Godsend.

Shannon - posted on 07/15/2009

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my pharmacist reccommended baby advil as it's a little stronger, and I got the overnight oragel the two together worked beautifully, oh and if you take your finger and give the gums a good firm push it releives the pain instantly

Christina - posted on 07/15/2009

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thanks, the thing is. .the tylenol WORKS just fine, its the giving my 4 month old drugs this early that I am worried about. I was mostly wondering if anyone else feels bad about using drugs this early for the teething. Once I give them to him he is just fine.

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Quoting Amanda:

Alternate tylenol and motrin, it's much healthier in the long run. Lowers the chances of having too much of one in the system at a time(which can cause certain organ damage depending on medication using). I also try to space mine out a little more if at all possible. Like if it says every 4-6 hours, if she's not really fussy, I'll try to wait 7-8 hours. But you get the picture. It's worked pretty well for my 2.



Yes alternating works best! That is what my doctor told me! I also used teething tablets and they helped my two!

Angela - posted on 07/12/2009

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So, i just looked around on a search angine for a bit and there are reports of orajel getting into the back of the throats and babies turning blue and going limp from not being able to breathe. look it up and decide for yourself. I'm not going to use it though just because my son was a micro preemie and im not going to take that chance. I guess it could all depend on how much you use as well. Good Luck!!

Jocelyn - posted on 07/12/2009

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i was also told to alternate tylenol and motrin (they are made with different meds). one dose every 4-6 hours. i also used some homeopathic meds on my son when he was teething, the one i found is a combo of different herbs and stuff, and it comes pre-mixed with water in a little squirt tube thing. i found it at walmart, shoppers drug mart and a few natural health stores. it worked quite well for my son :) good luck!

Rachel - posted on 07/12/2009

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try advil it might work better than tylenol. some pain medicine works different for each kid. but don't bother with the orajel that won't work.

Karen - posted on 07/12/2009

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I work in the dental field- you can use baby orajel-if the child is too uncomfortable- small amount is all that is needed. OR==>Put a moist washcloth in the fridge/freezer and let your baby chew on it. Water filled teething rings work as well. I was more of a fan of a cool washcloth- to minimize the amount of systemic meds for my kids.

Angela - posted on 07/12/2009

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My sons nurse advised me not to use oragel. she said that what you are doing is numbing the month which could possibly lead to chocking because your baby can't feel anything. She also said to not think that you never use too much tylenol when your baby is teething. just dont go far over the recommended dosage for the day. she explained it as tiny little knifes slicing through your gums and that tylenol is most effective.

CeeJae - posted on 07/12/2009

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That's not bad I give my daughter humphrey's teething tablets they work great!!! I do however give her tylenol before bed.

Debbie - posted on 07/12/2009

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It turns out not to be excessive. I felt the same way, but I noticed that it would only be for a day or two at a time so it was fine. If you are looking for more natural ways to go, there are teething tablets that you can give, and they are supposed to help calm and soothe the baby naturally. Also, another thing that seemed to help really well was an amber teething necklace. I bought one for Maia and she kept it on day and night since she was very young. If you google "hyena cart" you can find a vendor mom who makes them and try one! besides, they're really cute.

Kara - posted on 07/12/2009

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I always use Motrin and I use it 2-3 times per day when my son has an earache or is sick etc. The Dr/Ped said it's fine.

Cathy - posted on 07/12/2009

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I've used Tylenol at night since it was the only thing that would help my little guy sleep when he's teething. I bought Hyland's teething gel and that worked great during the day. Also frozen face cloths, frozen fruit in food nets or your own fingers can be a great way to help your little one get through this phase. Avoid Orajel and such if you can, if you read the ingredients, it contains several numbered dyes... doctors recommend avoiding numbered dyes as they can really affect children in different ways. Try different things and see what helps your baby, sometimes it takes a while but hang in there. Good luck!

Laura - posted on 07/12/2009

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I use Tylenol at night under extreme cases specifically for that reason. We use Hyland's teething tablets, even though they don't last as long or do as well as Tylenol, they still provide a natural and homeopathic relief for teething.

Christina - posted on 07/12/2009

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Quoting Libby:

That doesn't not seem excessive, nor does it sound like you are using it even the amount of times in a day that you possibly could. Orajel doesn't work at all? I know it's a shorter term fix, but perhaps substitute the orajel for the 2nd dose of tylenol and maybe you won't feel so guilty. But I really don't think you should.


I haven't tried Orajel yet.  He just started last week, and I bought teething tablets today and was going to see how that worked before I tried the Orajel since they are all natural. . The teething tablets didnt really seem to do much of anything yet.  Wet cloths and teething rings dont seem to phase him either. . . I will go and get some Orajel tomorrow and try that as well.  Thank you!

Libby - posted on 07/12/2009

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That doesn't not seem excessive, nor does it sound like you are using it even the amount of times in a day that you possibly could. Orajel doesn't work at all? I know it's a shorter term fix, but perhaps substitute the orajel for the 2nd dose of tylenol and maybe you won't feel so guilty. But I really don't think you should.

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