16 month old teething

Amy - posted on 05/29/2009 ( 56 moms have responded )

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My 16 month old son started teething. How can I help him ease the pain other than Oral gel /Motrin?

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Tish - posted on 05/29/2009

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what worked with all 5 of my kids, and YOU REALLY HAVE TO WATCH THEM! long thin strips of beef jerky. the salt is numbing and the texture breaks the skin to tooth, and its numb while doing it, when the end piece gets soft, tear it off and let them continue, my kids still crave slim jims. not the round, not the thick,just those flat thin long strips. I feel not only did it lessen the pain for both of us(headacheeeee,lol), it wasnt bad for them, it wasnt what old wives would do, Lord forbid, it was good, it tasted good to them, it numbed thier pain and helped break the skin quicker for tooth to finish coming in. Like i said tho, it gets soft, watch them close and just tear off the soft piece, they can suckle it all down to a nub they can fit in thier hand. its cheap too. under a dollar a day habit.lol that orajel burns my mouth, i aint fittin to put it in a babys mouth.

Rachael - posted on 05/29/2009

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My daughter is getting her first top tooth right now and we are using tylenol at bedtime and teething tablets and oragel during the day. The top teeth seem to be worse than the bottom and the teething tablets alone are not cutting it. I have used frozen/cold rags, cold teething rings, cold carrots, bananas in the mesh things, a slice of cold apple... The thing that seems to please her the most is ice water through a straw and the string on my hoodie-go figure. She would rather have the package to toys than the actual toy as well. Instead of presents we are just going to give her a cardboard box. j/k :)

Lanie - posted on 06/02/2009

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Nothing works like HYLANDS teething tablets for a teething 16 month old, they are a life saver, my son still asks for his "teeth" at 25 months for his 2 year molars!! Good luck, teething is the most heart breaking thing, for us anyway my son felt EVERY tooth he cut, thank goodness he's almost done. I nursed him on demand too while teething since it comforted him!!

Kari - posted on 06/01/2009

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Walmart has this mesh thing that looks like a pacifer...you stick a strawberry or banana whatever you childs favorite fruit is in there and let them hold in their hand and chew on it. The fruit will come through the mesh and help soothe the gums because it's cold and soft.

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Tanya - posted on 10/02/2011

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I found Children Panadol, mouth oral gel, teething rings, wash clothes anything that he can chew that is baby/child friendly avoid Alcohol and sugar things. Also try icy poles Good Luck hopes this helps

Tammy - posted on 06/02/2009

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I used the teething tablets for both my kids and I also used frozen gogurts for my daughter. She loved them and still does.

Michelle - posted on 06/02/2009

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humphrey's will work well for your teething 16 month old...i never used oral gel because i tried it on myself and it feels weird...i used tylenol for the fevers and just let my son chew on whatever soothed him...

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when my son was younger (hes 14mo now) I would use the hylands teething tablets and tylenol and he wouldnt be very fussy...for toys I would use the teething rings that vibrate and he loved those. Then when he was about 10 months old nooothing would help him and I would just have to work at distracting him while his teeth were bugging him. Now at 14 months he is getting some molars in and we give him tylenol, origel, and frozen things to gnaw on, like someone else who said frozen waffles, he loves those and frozen precooked tortellinis. I hope everyone helped you with your teething 16 month old!

Elizabeth - posted on 06/01/2009

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I don't know if anyone has said it yet because I haven't read all of the responses but there is a vibrating teething star, and it has the little nubs on it in 3 different areas, My daughter has been using it to cut her molars, and to tell you the truth, it makes them laugh! They didn't have those when I had my boys.

Tammy - posted on 06/01/2009

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I used teething tablets made by Hyland's. (You can usually get them at some drug stores and almost all health food stores, but cheaper if you happen to find them at WalMart or Shoppers. They are homeopathic 100% natural and melt in their saliva. Within minutes they calm right down. If your son is still very upset then I would suggest a little gripe water to go with it. Good Luck with your teething 16 month old!

Maria - posted on 06/01/2009

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Have you tried teething tablets? They're virtually harmless, and children take to it easily as it's chewable. You can find them over the counter at Walgreens or Walmart pharmacy. I also used to freeze my boys' teething rings after I washed them so they're ready when my boys start pulling on their cheeks! lol

Tanya - posted on 06/01/2009

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I used carots with my kids when they were teething at that age and it is healthy for them too

Jessica - posted on 06/01/2009

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teething tablets u can get them in the markets now to I dont know if all but I price chopper hannaford walmart target babies r us & maybe even toys r us in the baby section worked really good the dissolve quickly u can out it right on the babies gum hold it there for a few seconds thats all it takes

Ashleigh - posted on 06/01/2009

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Teething tablets work wonderful! Walmart has them for about 6 bucks with over 600 tablets in the bottle. Just put three under the tongue and they dissolve so baby won't choke on them. Teething rings also work wonderfully. Does he take a pacifier? I put my son's in the freezer for a few hours and give one to him every now and then. He loves something cold on his gums. Hope this helps your teething 16 month old.

Ruth - posted on 06/01/2009

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try hylands teething tablets they work like a dream you can only get them at some babies r us stores for only like $5.00 good luck

Stacey - posted on 06/01/2009

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Teething rings didnt work for my son...he just wouldnt take them. I learned that taking a dry washcloth or hand towel and placing it in the freezer til it was cold worked. He liked it and it slopped up the mess! :)

Ariel - posted on 06/01/2009

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I have heard the homeopathic teething tablets are really effective, but generally I have used frozen bagels, teething rings, and my favorite the Breyer's Fruit Bars popsicles(they are real fruit no funky additives) they taste good and soothe the gums. At that age chewing a popsicle shouldn't be an issue so they would heave to be put in one of those mesh bag things that keeps big chunks from being swallowed, but for younger kids choking could be a problem. Also my daughter used to love chomping on some really tough beef jerky.

Bridgette - posted on 06/01/2009

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Hi there. PLEASE MOMS DON'T USE ORALGEL! My ped said it actually makes the gums tougher therefore making the teeth harder to come in. He told me to go get a baby toothbrush and brush the gums. It worked wonders for my daughter.

Crystal - posted on 06/01/2009

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My daughter loves the fridge rings. not the frozen ones but the ones that just go in the fridge.

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Have you tryed grip water to help your teething 16 month old? I used that on bot of my boys and it worked reaaly good

Amy - posted on 06/01/2009

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Frozen teething rings, orajela and tylenol worked best for my daughter. There is also a brand called Humpfrey's. It's all natural product. It's small beads that you break down in water and you rub it on there gums. I would also dip my daughters binkie in it and let her suck on it!!

Tish - posted on 05/31/2009

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yvw, it always worked for me like i said, and i give them the whole stick, because they can hold onto it and they cant shove it all in there, good point i didnt mention, ty for your reply, maybe others will try it too.

Rachael - posted on 05/31/2009

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Quoting Tish:

what worked with all 5 of my kids, and YOU REALLY HAVE TO WATCH THEM! long thin strips of beef jerky. the salt is numbing and the texture breaks the skin to tooth, and its numb while doing it, when the end piece gets soft, tear it off and let them continue, my kids still crave slim jims. not the round, not the thick,just those flat thin long strips. I feel not only did it lessen the pain for both of us(headacheeeee,lol), it wasnt bad for them, it wasnt what old wives would do, Lord forbid, it was good, it tasted good to them, it numbed thier pain and helped break the skin quicker for tooth to finish coming in. Like i said tho, it gets soft, watch them close and just tear off the soft piece, they can suckle it all down to a nub they can fit in thier hand. its cheap too. under a dollar a day habit.lol that orajel burns my mouth, i aint fittin to put it in a babys mouth.


We tried this yesterday just to see if it would work and it does. She loved it! The jerky gives flavor, helps with the pain and is not really messy at all. She kept putting her piece down or offering it to us and then tried to grab ours. I tried a smaller piece to begin with but she shoved the whole thing in her mouth so I ended up giving her a big chunk that would not fit all the way in her mouth. She sat for about 30 minutes munching away. We did not have to use nearly as much of the teething tablets today. Great tip! Thanks!!

Lisa - posted on 05/30/2009

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I used hylands teethng tablets when my kids were teething they worked. they also have a teether that vibrates at toys r us my boys liked when they were teething.

Ann - posted on 05/30/2009

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where ever you see the gums a white colour the teeth are coming through there,this is a painfull way to do it but I found it to be most effective and the least pain in the end...where the teeth are white,use a clean finger and push hard and rub, maybe about 5min at a time it helps the teeth cut through the gum good luck.P.S all 4 of my kids had no probs once I done this for each of them and I had peaceful days and nights!

Taryn - posted on 05/30/2009

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I grind up cloves in my mortar and pestle then cover with boiling water to steep. when it has cooled i soak a flannel in the liquid and give it to my daughter to suck on and chew. it numbs the mouth.

Shazia - posted on 05/30/2009

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buy homeopathic medicine for teething best its bioplasgin 21 daily give 2 after 1hrs then forget every worry

Tealia - posted on 05/30/2009

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i used water ice blocks in the tube. dont cut it open just round the edges and when it starts to defrost just refreeze it/ thi keep my kids quiet for ages

Lisa Marie - posted on 05/30/2009

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my son is 9 weeks and he is teething i use ashton & parson's infants powders there great

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Homeopathic teething tablets help, as well as the cold teething rings. Also, teething biscuits help a lot!

Guggie - posted on 05/29/2009

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Count me in with the others on Hyland's teething tablets. Amazing little things. I also buy just the chamomila for any unhappiness and arnica for bruises/bumps.

Jessica - posted on 05/29/2009

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Frozen waffles work wonder and they gum/chew it down to eating size. Frozen fruit in one of the food holders with the netting thing. i cant think of the name it lol good luck

Brooke - posted on 05/29/2009

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Mine are a little older at this point, but they both gnawed the crap out of the frozen wash-clothes (make sure to have a backup ready in the freezer - the little ones don't get "you have to wait for it to re-freeze"). I heard wonders about the Hurricane Stuff, but my pharmacist suggested Humphries instead. Its still homeopathic, but not too hippie. Crush the pills with a couple drops of water into a paste and smear onto the baby's gums. Worst case scenario, alternate between tylenol and ibuprofen every so often (read the labels for exact times). One is processed by the kidneys and the other by the liver. Your baby won't build up a tolerance as quickly, and it is half as hard on their little bodies. Good luck!!!

Jenna - posted on 05/29/2009

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my 4 month old is teething too and i use the bedtime oragel and it works pretty well. She loves chewing on my fingers so i just put her burp cloth around my finger and she goes to town and is very happy with that. now she'll justhold it herself and chew on it. Also a damp washcloth thats cold helps and it cools down her cums, dont put it in the freezer cuz then its too cold...fridge temp is the best. Anything and everything she can chew on she will.

Danielle - posted on 05/29/2009

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definately the teething rings that they can chew on frozen. you can buy then from supermarkets in the baby section or in kmarts, big w's, or pharmacies. they are great. you would want maybe 2 or 3 to have a couple in the freezer and be chewing on one at the same time. ice on the gums is exactly the same as we put cold water on burns or sores. it eases the pain

Cynthia - posted on 05/29/2009

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Use hurricane,,,, ask pharm. for it and it cost like 9 bucks but life saver! Also a african american lady on up in years told me to put and egg in one of the childs socks and hang it in a door way in which they go thru the most. I did it also.

LaShonda - posted on 05/29/2009

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Teething ring something to rub his gums will help cause he gone put any an everything in his mouth

Annie - posted on 05/29/2009

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Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets!! You can find them at Wal-Mart. They are not expensive. The are also not addictive and have pretty much no side effects :) You can also try gel teething rings and sugar-free popsicles :) Not only do they get pain relief, but a sweet healthy treat!

Stephanie - posted on 05/29/2009

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There is a really great homeopathic teething relief pill they sell in most retail stores and grocery stores. It's in the baby aisle and its in a pink, blue, and white bottle. It's little pills that you put in their mouth and they dissolve in a few seconds. I don't know what I would have done w/o these things. My girls hated oralgel. Also, if you have one of those medicine droppers that have the squeeze top (like a nasal aspirator), you can fill it with water and freeze it. Then, give it to your babe and they can chew on the cold syringe and as the ice melts they drink the water. My daughter would not chew on teething rings, but she LOVES this and she's getting water especially since they usually run a low-grade temp. Hope this helps.

Alicia - posted on 05/29/2009

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I tried teething rings but the best thing they have are these disolving chewables they are realllly great. they are kind of like orajel except they disolve and go all over the gum area. also you can try and put a cold wet wash cloth in the freezer and let it freeze and then bring it out its affordable and they can suck on it for a long time.

Kelly - posted on 05/29/2009

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i use teething tablets with my son and also teething rings i also have this infant feeder, its like a mesh bag with a handle on it that you can put food in, well i put ice cubes in it and just let my son sit in his highchair and chew on that and he loves it.....i got it at wal-mart i think that its made either by sassy or munchkin.........good luck

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Quoting Leslie:

you can get a bottle of pure vanilla extract and dab a little in your finger and massage his gums with it. my daughter is only 4 months but she is starting to teeth and that's really all that helps her. hope it helps


thats interseting.. do you think that works because of the alcohol in it??

Holly - posted on 05/29/2009

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oh also they have some thing like a mesh looking thing with a plastic handle on it you can put strawberrys ,peel an apple and put it in there ,you can get those in any kid department i wish i had a pitcher to show u.also if he likes bannas cut in half ,freeze makes a mess but works well on the gums if your looking for medicine free ....good luck

Leslie - posted on 05/29/2009

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you can get a bottle of pure vanilla extract and dab a little in your finger and massage his gums with it. my daughter is only 4 months but she is starting to teeth and that's really all that helps her. hope it helps

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i used the washcloth deal too. I stuck mine in the freezer though. I also saw on the show The Doctors, Robin McGraw (Dr Phil's wife) soaked her washcloths in apple juice and placed then in a baggie then froze them! I thought it was an interesting idea...

Holly - posted on 05/29/2009

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you can get some teething tabulets they work wonderfull ,i have used them on all 3 of my boys they are 100% natural and they dont num the whole mouth ,only the gums ,they are kinda pricey but i think its well worth the money any were from $6-8 you can get at target ,walmart walgreens ,cvs and rite aide ,meijer ...Try

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I always gave my son infant advil. He also like chewing on wet washcloths. I put them in the refrigerator to get them really cold. I also gave him cold teething rings.

Michelle - posted on 06/02/2009

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humphrey's will work well for your teething 16 month old...i never used oral gel because i tried it on myself and it feels weird...i used tylenol for the fevers and just let my son chew on whatever soothed him...

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when my son was younger (hes 14mo now) I would use the hylands teething tablets and tylenol and he wouldnt be very fussy...for toys I would use the teething rings that vibrate and he loved those. Then when he was about 10 months old nooothing would help him and I would just have to work at distracting him while his teeth were bugging him. Now at 14 months he is getting some molars in and we give him tylenol, origel, and frozen things to gnaw on, like someone else who said frozen waffles, he loves those and frozen precooked tortellinis. I hope everyone helped you with your teething 16 month old!

Tammy - posted on 06/01/2009

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I used teething tablets made by Hyland's. (You can usually get them at some drug stores and almost all health food stores, but cheaper if you happen to find them at WalMart or Shoppers. They are homeopathic 100% natural and melt in their saliva. Within minutes they calm right down. If your son is still very upset then I would suggest a little gripe water to go with it. Good Luck with your teething 16 month old!

Ashleigh - posted on 06/01/2009

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Teething tablets work wonderful! Walmart has them for about 6 bucks with over 600 tablets in the bottle. Just put three under the tongue and they dissolve so baby won't choke on them. Teething rings also work wonderfully. Does he take a pacifier? I put my son's in the freezer for a few hours and give one to him every now and then. He loves something cold on his gums. Hope this helps your teething 16 month old.

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Have you tryed grip water to help your teething 16 month old? I used that on bot of my boys and it worked reaaly good

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