Is it safe to give Ibuprofen whenever 1 year old + babies teethe?

User - posted on 02/14/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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So teething can be a horrible time - and its an ongoing issue ...



So calprufen - which calpol and ibuprofen mixed works so well with my baby ... but my dad who is a doctor warns i should not be giving something like that to her



It is a baby suspension - but he stills says we shouldnt be giving babies medicines - just gels and cold rings.



Is there truth to this?



Do you turn to medicines - and if so, how often? Can there be long term harm?



I use herbal powder too - but not effective and for the 4am pain buster - baby only allows me to squeeze a pipette in with medicine - no way she'd open up for gel/powder!



Advice please please please!!!

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Emily - posted on 02/15/2012

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I use IB for teething and shots. I try to avoid tylenol as they know long term use causes liver damage so I feel the less we use it the better. The only time tylenol is given is with high fevers that IB won't break because you can alternate the 2 every 3 hours.

Elfrieda - posted on 02/14/2012

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I don't use painkillers myself more than once or twice a year, and I try not to give them to my son, either. At the same time, it's terrible when they can't sleep for the pain. I do half a dose to start with when he wakes up in the night, and during the day I use distraction or cold things or cuddling to comfort him.



Because he doesn't get painkillers that often, a partial dose will knock him out until the morning.

Medic - posted on 02/14/2012

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We use IB not Tylenol. For our own reasons and due to which body system they work on and how they are processed.

Sherri - posted on 02/14/2012

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My pediatrician recommends Ibuprofen for the discomfort from as early as their first shots.

Kaitlin - posted on 02/14/2012

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My doctor told me not to use IB but to stick with Tylenol. We do use it when they are cutting, but usually not the full dose (we base on weight).



Is your dad a pediatrician who practices currently? Even if he is, it is always a good idea to research and ask other opinions (from pediatricians) to see what is the most current.



If you can avoid it, try to, but sometimes medicine is the only thing that can take the pain away. Don't feel guilty about that.

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