Which works better for teething for my 7 month old son? Tylenol or Motrin?

Jessica - posted on 04/16/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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I know motrin lasts longer, but it almost seems like the tylenol worked better. I don't know if its just because his teething is worse now than when I was using the tylenol or if it acutally worked better. Whats your advice?

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we got our daughter little mesh baggies that have like a pacifier handle. We could put ANYTHING in it and she would go to town. When she was really teething we would put semi frozen fruit in it like wedges of peach or apples even work not frozen. I've also been told that frozen waffles are good for kids to gnaw on I just havent gotten around to it yet. I may though soon because my daughter is having a rough time with some of her back molars coming in.

Misty - posted on 04/18/2010

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These are all great ideas. Just a FYI the teething may be worse since different teeth may hurt more coming in then others. I think the eye teeth are suppose to be the worst pain wise. But at my child care center some kids bleed with molars coming in, so I don't know.

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Vanessa - posted on 04/19/2010

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I wouldn't use orajel I was told by the doctor it numbs the babies throat n can cause choking on their own saliva. My baby started teething at 4 months n I used Humphrys teething tablets they r great!! I also used crushed ice pops in a thing that looks like a pacifier wit a net on it.

Tara - posted on 04/19/2010

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Not to argue, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with giving Motrin to a child that is over 6 months of age. And it's better for inflammation. But I do agree, natural is always the best, and Motrin is the last choice in our house, when nothing else has helped.

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I would avoid both if you can find a natural helper. many natural health or food stores carry teething tablets or liquids normally containing chamomlie and a few other herbal ingredientsI have used Boirons "camilia" which comes as a premeasured liquid dose. I can get it at my grocery store. It won't build up toxins in their system the way the conventional drugs will and you can give it to them frequently so if they are having a really bad teething spell there is something you can actually do instead of having to wait till you are able to give them another dose of tylenal. A drug that can bring down a fever can also end up as a problem if it masks an actual illness.
If you are going to use conventional drugs my kids doctor has said to stick with tylenal as the safer of the 2 for small children.
Hope this is helpful... this info changed how we went about the teething times in our house. My 2 year old just finished with her last molars a week or so ago! Reason for celebration!
It is also helpful to remember that teething is a natural process and that more frequently than not their crying isn't because of extreme pain, but because the discomfort is simply something that they are not able to understand and deal with on their own. Comfort from you- a little rock or allowing them to breastfeed off schedule can make them feel better about things too.

Tara - posted on 04/19/2010

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OMG don't use honey! Babies can get really sick from it! Hyland's tablets work the best for my daughter. I also getthose cheap ice pops, in the plastic, like from when we were kids and give them to her unopened she loves gnawing on them. When I have to medicate her, I use Motrin,because when teething the gums are inflamed and Tylenol will not help with that.

Becky - posted on 04/19/2010

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Once they are over 6 months, I prefer to use Motrin for my kids because I find Ibuprofen works a lot better for me when I'm in pain than Tylenol does, so I figure it probably would for my kids too. But if she seems to respond better to Tylenol, use that!
We got our son a rasberry teether that he loves to chew on. I've also tried ice cubes in the mesh feeder, which he seemed to like. I used the teething tablets a lot with my oldest son and they seemed to help him. I usually save the drugs (motrin, I mean) for at night so they can sleep and try to avoid them during the day if I can find other effective methods to help them through. that's just me though, I try to stay away from giving my kids medications as much as possible. I will if it's necessary, but I try not to overdo it.

Andrea - posted on 04/18/2010

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I didn't discover Motrin until my second child, and in my experience, it was much more effective.

Ivy - posted on 04/18/2010

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Teething tablets helps a lot for my daughter. I've also used a hard cold carrot. Don't give your baby honey as they are not suppose to have it before the age of 1. Honey has bacteria in it that can make a baby sick not to mention it makes them constipated. If you are breast feeding, then you can't have honey either as it will pass through breast milk. Honey shouldn't be given till your baby is at least 1.

Iridescent - posted on 04/18/2010

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Honey? Trying to cause botulism? I think not.

Motrin works better as it treats both pain and swelling. Tylenol only treats pain. Do not use them more than a day or two though as it's dangerous even in adults long-term. Motrin damages kidneys, Tylenol damages the liver.

Frozen damp washcloth. Oragel.

Lois - posted on 04/17/2010

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when my son was teething we kept him with a frozen teething ring and a bib we also gave him Tylenol when he would run a fever.

Katherine - posted on 04/17/2010

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motrin worked better on mine, and lasts 8 hrs as opposed to tylenol that only lasted 4.

Misty - posted on 04/17/2010

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"Tylenol is for fever, Motrin is for pain." That is the mantra I swear by. Skip the numbing gel for baby's gums as much as possible because it makes their gums tougher which can actually prolong the teething process. I did keep it on hand and used it on a few occasions when my babies were having a particular hard time. I also found that massaging their gums with my thumbs helped quite a bit. Be prepared to get covered in drool though!

Angela - posted on 04/16/2010

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I always used Tempra it seemed to work fast to relieve the pain and lasted 4 hours it is a brand I have trusted for all 4 of my kids. I hope that helped.

Mindy - posted on 04/16/2010

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Not sure what they are called, but there is a thing you can buy that looks like a pacifier handle with a net on the end. (Please excuse my ignorance :-) ) I have used them for both of my children and you can really get creative with them and put things in them like fruit (apples and carrots work great for teathing), ice chips, you can even buy those teething cookies. I am having a hard time trusting Tylenol these days with all the re-calls so I use Motrin. It last longer anyways and is better for inflamation. Teething tablets are good to but I think they are just sweet and soothing. No real meds, so they don't last long.

Alora - posted on 04/16/2010

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I have found that motrin and teething tabs worked great on my kids you can buy the teething tabs at walmart and their all natural .Hope this helps some !

Kellie - posted on 04/16/2010

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I used large unpeeled raw carrots with my son. They were cold and the texture massaged his gums. I of course made sure they were large enough so he wouldn't choke.

Ashley - posted on 04/16/2010

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I have always found that motrin works faster and last longer so thats why i use it more then tylenol plus my youngest doesnt really like tylenol lol

Jennifer - posted on 04/16/2010

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From everything I've been told by doctors, motrin helps with swelling AND pain where tylenol is just a pain killer....My doctor where I used to live said to take turns with them to get optimum effect. There are a few safe otc meds that can be used on their gums as well.

Regina - posted on 04/16/2010

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I did the wet wash cloth in the freezer too....don't wet all of it...that will give a place to hold w/out hands getting to cold. I always used tylenol for teeth...I saved the motrin for fevers.

Sharon - posted on 04/16/2010

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just put a wet wash cloth in the freezer, skip the rubber band and ice chips.

I used tylenol for two days and baby motrin for 2 days - i alternated. tylenol seemed to work better though.

Dawn - posted on 04/16/2010

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It totally depends on the kid....go with what is working for now. Also, I found teething tablets to be very helpful. And, finally, "ice ghosts"--put a few chips of ice in a clean baby sock and rubber band it so the ice can't come out and they can gnaw on it. The thicker sock helps keep it from getting too cold. Good luck!

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