Teething, cry desperately at night

Netty - posted on 01/05/2009 ( 40 moms have responded )

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My Baby is turning 6 months soon, and i think she starts teething, she cry desperately every night, its like she is angry or something.is there anything to do???

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Melisa - posted on 01/11/2009

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Sometimes you can actually see the tooth cutting through the gum, or you may be able to feel it emerging if you run a clean finger along your baby's gum line. Another good indicator that your baby is teething is that they will want to chew… on anything. It could be toys, fingers or food! This is a completely natural reaction to the changes that are going on within the gum and it is thought that chewing on something hard feels quite soothing.....

Cold helps to numb the pain, so chilled yoghurts, unsweetened apple puree or other baby foods could help. Make sure the food isn't frozen and will cause any chills. Teething gels massaged into the gums will provide fast-acting or you can try a Teething ring.

Shayna - posted on 01/10/2009

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could be teething.. Sometimes with teething I know with my 2 kids, the had ear infections that went along with all that stuff. I know that it can be painful when they child lays down that could be a possibility too, Has she been playing or pulling at her ears at all that you have notice. I know that everytime a tooth came in for my son he and a few ear infections along with what I thought were cold like symptoms. Runny nose cough fever, and then 2-3 days later there was that tooth..

Tammy - posted on 01/08/2009

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also one more thing i foound helpful was in target or babies r us, i found what looks like a net on a paci ring. I fill it with frozen grapes, apples, ice cubes(anything frozen really) they chew on it but only get the juices, no chance of biting off chunks, this thing is amazing!!! not sure what it is called though.

Jenna - posted on 01/05/2009

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I thought of a good idea....how about frozen breastmilk? Make baby popsicles (with plastic sticks not wood) I haven't tried it yet...but am planning to attempt it. My 13 wk old is now quite uncomfortable with teething too.

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Jeanne - posted on 01/10/2009

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Hylands teething tablets are a godsend.. All of my girlfriends used them on their little ones and I used them on mine. You will be amazed!!

Tammy - posted on 01/08/2009

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in addition i was told NOT to use Orajel, or the like as it hardens the gums and makes it harder for the teeth to come in

Tammy - posted on 01/08/2009

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in a way i disagree with hanna, i thought you arent supposed to give baby honey. To much bacteria in it! I used humphrey's and my mother used it on me and so on and so on.... I give my kids tooth brushes to bite on and i also wet a wash cloth, freeze it and let them gnaw on that as well. I do give tylenol when its about 4 in the morning and nothing else seems to help. Also ask your Ped. he can tell you what he would recommend. Hope this helped.

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We use Hyland's teething tablets during the day (which work pretty quickly, but don't last that long) and Tylenol at night (slower acting, but lasts longer - but use sparingly due to infant's immature liver), but only when needed.  Our son started teething at 3 1/2 months, so we have had a time with it.  Also, as a side note, you are not supposed to give any honey (organic or not) to a child under 1 year due to possible bottulism (sp?) spores in it.

Tiffany - posted on 01/07/2009

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I found that anything cold they can gum worked really well. We also rubbed our children's gums with tylenol.

Jacqueline - posted on 01/07/2009

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With my daughter, when she was teething, I gave her a baby wash cloth with an ice cube in it and a rubber band to hold the ice cube in place.  I called it a "ghost-ie"  My daughter would chew/suck on the wash cloth and it seemed to help as the teeth were cutting the gums

Angelia - posted on 01/07/2009

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Something that works for us is Hurricane. It is stronger than Oragel. You have to ask a pharmacist for it because it is kept behind the counter, even though it is over the counter product. A grilfriend of mine told me about and it changes her mood instantly. I also found that infant Mortin worked better than Tylonol for teething/grumpiness. All of the other suggestions mentioned below are excellent as well.

Jeanette - posted on 01/07/2009

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There are a lot of great over-the-counter pain relievers that can help. There is Tempra and Advil as well as topical creams that you can apply directly to the gums such as Anbesol that has a freezing effect.

Lori - posted on 01/06/2009

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First of all...be sure teething is the problem.  It is always the first thing people blame fever and grumpyness on.  I've been told by the nurses and doctors that teething does NOT cause fever.  UTI (urinary tract infection) causes "unexplained fevers."  Stay on top of diaper changing to prevent e-coili from entering the urinary tract.  In girls it can be a matter of 5 mins in a dirty diaper.  A bladder infection will make the urine smell...that was what lead me to demand a urine sample, also a reoccurring low-grade fever.  (underarm 37.3 or higher is called a fever).  Ear infections also cause fevers...my daughter didn't pull at her ears with two infections...so don't depend on that.  So never pass off a fever or extended irratablity as "teething!!"  A common cold or flu will also cause fever...but those things have symptoms!  Is she hungry at night?  Good luck!!  Let us know how it goes...

Denise - posted on 01/06/2009

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I hate to sound anti-organic, but Motrin at night works really great because it lasts almost 8 hrs.  I followed up w/Tylenol as needed during the day.  The Teething Tablets (CVS-WalGreens) do work great, but they do not last long enough for nighttime sleeping.  So when my daughter woke up crying from teething I would give her 2-3 tablets & a dose of Motrin.  That way the Motrin would kick in by the time the tablets wore off.  I would also offer a warmed bit of milk (breast until she was 1-then reg. milk) as if soothed her back to sleep while the Tablets/Motrin took effect.  During the day, anything I could freeze and get her to put in her mouth I did.  I used my mom's old-school idea & froze a wet, clean wash cloth.  It's a little wet as it defrosts, but it's great on the gums for them to chew on really hard & lasts a very long time.  Plus it re-freezes really fast too. When your baby gets a little older & can handle real people food, pretzel rods are great teethers because the salt helps sooth as well-breadsticks are good beginner foods before then.  Good luck!

Mellissa - posted on 01/06/2009

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Just a little note...never put teething rings or pacis in freezer with nothing covering them.  Some meat packaging can have salmonella on them. So, before you freeze just place teethers or pacis in a lttle plastic bag.  Wet washcloths placed in the freezer also really work well...Hope that helps

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2009

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Let her chew on a cold rag or give her some cold water, we did baby advil for night time to help our son sleep with out having the pain of teething. we also did the hylands teething tablets and they did help but then i found something better from my herbalist - go to naturesunshine.com and type in 'teething drops' in there search engine. Those drops have worked miracles for my lil one, and they stronger than the hylands tablets and have less of the bad stuff like the caffiene that the tablets have.

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2009

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I almost forgot - Blakes nanny gave him chilled apple slices to bite on. BUT - if you do this, watch him closely since biting off a chunk could be a choking hazard. We would hold the slice for him to keep good control of it.

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2009

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When our son was teething horribly, we had to use a variety of methods: frozen teething rings during the day (or a frozen washclothe is easier to hold and some babies like the fabric texture better), walking him and Tylenol (or Ibuprofen if your pediatrician has approved it) about half an hour before bed. We also used Oragel when it was especially bad.

Lisa - posted on 01/06/2009

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My son has also started to feel the teething pain.  He likes a cloth that has been dampened & frozen to suck on.  And there is always baby tylenol!

Jenna - posted on 01/05/2009

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I also have used the lil infant finger tooth brush puppet thingys to massage my lil guys gums.

Claudia - posted on 01/05/2009

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Quoting Netty:

Teething, cry desperately at night

My Baby is turning 6 months soon, and i think she starts teething, she cry desperately every night, its like she is angry or something.is there anything to do???



I would wash my hands and rub her gums with my finger, and sooth her with the voice.

Snobiah - posted on 01/05/2009

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i would give my daughter ice chips the small ones bcs the seemed more effective bcs the cool sensation would be instant

Melanie - posted on 01/05/2009

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You can also rub children's benadryl liquid on baby's gums. I heard from a pediatrician that Orajel can thicken the gums and make teething take longer, but benadryl is soothing without the thickening. It seemed to help my son a bit. We did use the baby Orajel that comes in a Q-Tip type of applicator when he teethed molars, and I didn't notice the teething process taking any longer.

Julie - posted on 01/05/2009

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Talk to your Doctor, I gave my daughter Motrin & it really helped. The DR or nurse can give you the proper dose.

Kathy - posted on 01/05/2009

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I AGREE THE BEST THING THAT I EVER USED WAS THE TEETHING TABLETS FOR MY TEETHING BABY, BUT I CANT SEEM TO FIND THAT ONE ANY MORE.........    :( AND MY 9 MONTH OLD IS TEETHING LIKE MAD RIGHT NOW, SO FOR HER I JUST GIVE HER A LITTLE BIT OF TYLENOL AT BEDTIME AND GRIPE WATER DURING THE DAY, AND WHEN I THINK ITS TOO UNBEARABLE DURING THE DAY I WILL USE THE ORAL GEL BUT I DONT LIKE TO USE THAT ONE....IF YOU CAN FIND IT THE TABLETS ARE THE GREATEST I THINK

Melissa - posted on 01/05/2009

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I agree...the teething tablets are great. I also used a little infant tylenol once I was sure it was teething pain. And there's a great kid's medicine kit put out by Hyland's. We love the Chamomile tablets...great for any moodiness. My little guy hated the orajel stuff and would cry worse when I used it. An ice cold rag applied with pressure to the gums might also help.

Melissa - posted on 01/05/2009

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You can try pacifier in freezer if she takes one or teether..also infant tylenol or ibuprofen...not sure how young you can give that check with Dr.  I had 3 babies like that at night..mom of triplets..baby orajel only lasts for seconds i would try tylenol and see what happens..

Melissa - posted on 01/05/2009

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You can try pacifier in freezer if she takes one or teether..also infant tylenol or ibuprofen...not sure how young you can give that check with Dr.  I had 3 babies like that at night..mom of triplets..baby orajel only lasts for seconds i would try tylenol and see what happens..

Melissa - posted on 01/05/2009

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Quoting Netty:

Teething, cry desperately at night

My Baby is turning 6 months soon, and i think she starts teething, she cry desperately every night, its like she is angry or something.is there anything to do???



pacifier in freezer, you can try infant tylenol or ibuprofen I am not sure how young you can give that, check with Dr.  i had 3 babies like that..mom of triplets, if no pacifier try a teether..

Jennifer - posted on 01/05/2009

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We tried the herbal teething drops and they are a miracle from heaven, they are working so well for my son. you can find them on naturesunshine.com or just go to your local herb store and i bet you could find something. my son is now close to 10 months old and has his top 4 teeth and 2 bottom ones and the drops are all we have used. neat thing about them is you can use them every 15mins until you see results. i just cant say enough good things about them and i wish that more people would use natural remedies rather than running to the medicine cabinet.

Ging - posted on 01/05/2009

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Hi, Netty. I wrote a blog in my friendster some months ago regarding what we did when my little girl started teething. We've used several teething gels but ask your pharmacist for the safest one. Babies hate the ones that make their gums feel numb. They'll get even more irritated. We observed that there was a specific time that my baby cries, usually towards sleeping time or very early in the morning so try to get her some paracetamol just before that time, ask your pediatrician for the proper analgesic. Best of all try to divert her attention away from the pain. My husband and I were up playing with her until she fell asleep. Bubbles are magic for babies while playing your baby sleep time music at the background. Lastly, have a lead-free soothing teether ready all the time so she can bite on that. Cold ones are the best. I bought two so I can always keep one in the fridge ready for next use. Just relax and caress your baby while she's in pain and don't panic coz that will just aggravate things. Speak to her soothingly and you'll see, she will know whom to seek comfort everytime she is in pain. Enjoy the teething experience like we did. By the way, my little girl is turning 1yr and 6 months now. There are still a few teeth that needs to come out but she can handle it now herself. She just asks for her bubble maker and presses her cheeks on her pillow when in pain. She's still having paracetamols in prescribed doses for pain.

Donna - posted on 01/05/2009

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I swear by "teething tablets"....they melt in the baby's mouth and help them sleep...both my boys had teeth early...one of them at 4 months!!! you should be able to find these at a health food store or drug store on the baby alise...good luck!!

Claire - posted on 01/05/2009

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hello, I am mum of three. Try Nelson's teething powers. It's very hard to get into bad habits in the night. Be strong, still do all normal, keep room quite dark and don't put them into your bed as they will get used to it and think i will wake up everynight and get into mum's bed. Also try calpol if really bed or calpol gel for teeth. Worse time teething. Hope you get a good night sleep soon.

Shawna - posted on 01/05/2009

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you might want to research the baby tylenol i did after i was told that there are studies that link use of it to autism. after that i only give my son dye free motrin. just thought i'd pass it on.

Calli - posted on 01/05/2009

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I used baby oralgel, I think I spelled that right :), it seemed to be one of the only things that worked for an extended period of time. I also used infant tylenol right before my daughter would go to bed. You can also freeze teething rings, this will help too. During the day I would use Dano2 brand unfreezable teething rings. They come with three different textured rings so as they get older and are still teething they have a ring that they can chew on and not break. Good luck!

Chantal - posted on 01/05/2009

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My daughter is 6 mths old and teething. I give her Tylenol at night to help her sleep and during the day I use Camilia homeopathic drops. They only take minutes to work and are really easy to give. Just a little pricier than some other things.

Lisa - posted on 01/05/2009

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When my daughter was teething she would wake up every night crying, the only thing that seemed to help were homeopathic teething tablets. When I would gave them to her I could visibly see her relax and she would go to sleep.

Hanna - posted on 01/05/2009

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Nowadays, there is plenty of pain-relievers that will make it easier on your baby -- consult your pediatrician on which one is best for your baby. If you are one of the 'natural' moms, get some organic honey and rub it on your baby's gums -- it will help with the swelling and the pain (grandma's recipe). Other than that, if you're breastfeeding, continue with that -- supposed to be really good for teething and breast milk is soothing. And just give the baby either teething ring or a teething toy that he/she can play with and bite on -- it'll help the teeth to come in. Other than that, well it's pretty normal (though doesn't make it any less painful or uncomfortable for your baby or you), in some cases babies can have a fever from teething, so you'll have to wait it out 7-15 days it's usually the hardest with the first two bottom teeth and then the top ones, the rest are not as apparent in symptoms. good luck!

Melanie - posted on 01/05/2009

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If you can find Hyland's homeopathic teething tablets, they worked miracles for us when my son was an infant.

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