How do I get my teething son to sleep at night?

Brenda - posted on 04/12/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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The universe must hate me, I just got my son to sleep through the night again and now we stay awake becasue of teething! He is 8 months and the teeth have been just under the skin for about a month and a half. Recently he chews everything, rubs his nose and ears, drools more, and wakes up screaming at night in pain.He is also cranky during the day. I have tried the teething tabs, advil, tylonol, chewies, cold washrags, rubbing the gums....everything! Does anyone have any ideas? Also how long does it take for the teeth to come in?

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User - posted on 04/21/2012

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I think that the teething granules must be the same but from a different company. We are also trying garlic oil in his ears for the infections. I can not wait for these teeth to come in, it seems like they have been right under the surface for over a month! I don't leave Matt either I let him fuss for a minute or two to see if he will put himself back to sleep, if not I go hold him to calm him. I feel your pain. We wouldn't trade him for anything!

Helen - posted on 04/21/2012

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The teething granules we use are homeopathic, ie, a natural remedy. I also don't like medicating her every night, it feels like you''re drugging them doesn't it! Its interesting what you say about the ear infections, with Ruby holding her ears alot. Its awful having ear problems, I used to get them alot. Bless them, what they have to put up with! Funnily enough, last night she was crying for ages and we were so uncomfortable leaving her, so you know what, if you think he needs you, he probably does at the moment, trust your instincts, I won't be leaving Ruby crying again, she wants mummy because she's upset. I wish I had a magic remedy for you, and everyone else including me! But hang in there, it will pass and you will sleep again - in time! x

User - posted on 04/20/2012

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Thank you so much! I have tried the Hylands teething tablets. ( we live in Horseheads Ned York) I think that nothing works on Matt because he gets ear infections a lot! He gets one right after another. I think the pain of the ear infection is worse than the teething pain. Doctor told us that once his teeth come in the ear infections should stop. I hate putting him on medication all the time, we are going to try some natural remodies as well. I have come to learn that when he can't sleep it is usually an ear infection. I can't do the let him cry it out thing, I last about 5-10 mins (mommy is a push over) I have found a raspberry teething ring that looks like a pacifier that he really loves to chew on!

User - posted on 04/20/2012

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Thank you so much! I have tried the Hylands teething tablets. We live in Horseheads New York. I think that nothing works on Matt because he gets ear infections a lot! He gets one right after another. Doctor told us that once his teeth come in the ear infections should stop. I hate putting him on medication all the time, we are going to try some natural remodies as well. I have come to learn that when he can't sleep it is usually an ear infection. I can't do the let him cry it out thing, I last about 5-10 mins (mommy is a push over). He sleeps really well when he feels good. I must admit snuggling a sleepy baby is pretty amazing, tho.

Helen - posted on 04/19/2012

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Oh bless you, I absolutely feel your pain! Poor love, bless him too. My Ruby is 10 months old and we are going through exactly what your describe. She cries suddenly at night, apparently for nothing. I bet its the teeth. Ruby's not too bad with the drool, but she holds her ears, rubs her nose, which is running all the time. We've found teething granules quite a godsend. They give us some peace for a while, you can give them every two hours (the ones we have from Boots, where do you live?), plus paracetamol and if its really bad, a bit of ibuprofen. I too have to love and cuddle her to sleep, I'm afraid there's not alot you can do about that unless you are prepared to let her cry it out. Its a shame, because how you start, 'the universe must hate me', that's how we felt. She'd just stopped relying on us holding her to sleep. But you know what, she needs the love and assurance whilst she's in pain. Lots of luck, hold on in there, it'll pass, and you never know, you may get a cluster all at once, which would be handy. Keep on being a great mum! :)

User - posted on 04/15/2012

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Thank you for the support. This is horrible! No sleeping, lots of crying. Do I let him cry it out? Do I stay up with him? What do I do? I keep getting up with him and holding him at night. I can't keep doing this. Nothing seems to help his pain :(. It was been a few months that I have been able to see the little teeth, some days I think that I an feel them too. He has been extremely cranky both during the day and at night. AHHHHHH!!!!

Julia - posted on 04/14/2012

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Teething can last months. The pain is caused by the teeth making a path through the bone and not the actually break through the gum. Hang in there. It will eventually pass.

Bonnie - posted on 04/12/2012

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I feel your pain, Brenda. I have two boys who are now 3.5 and 5.5 years and another on the way. I remember when my boys were teething, the drool was so bad I kept on bib on them more often than not just to try to catch it all. Teething is a long evil process. I'm sorry, I don't have advice for other things to try other than what you already have been trying. I can tell you that it can take until the age of two for them to get all their teeth. Although, I did find that the crankiness and amount of drool lessened as time went on.

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