What to do when nothing will calm your baby down when they are screaming and crying.

Kate - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 4 months old and she has been such an angel up until about a week ago. Her teething is getting worse and she isn't sleeping well at night anymore. During the day for the past few days she has been screaming so loud and for so long and nothing I do seems to work. I'm to the point of exhaustion. I just started school again and am very concerned that as the semester goes on I will get so overwhelmed with school that I'll lose my patience with my daughter. If anyone has any advice please let me know! Thanks!

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Tansy - posted on 01/13/2010

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I have noticed many other moms have given their advice, I just want to tell you, you are not alone in your worries, and it is most inportant that you know that. When you just cannot take the screaming any longer just step away. let her cry it out, I would suggest you take her to see the Dr. if she has been teething she could have an undiagnosed ear infection. ( which are very commonly linked to teething)There are some homeopathic teething tablest out there, that do work when it comes to soothing the pain of teething. You can find these at walmart they are called 'teeting tablets' they are little white tablets which disolve in the mouth. Each child is different when it comes to teething and each episode can be different. As far as school, don't worry take it one day at a time.. you will do great.

Noel - posted on 01/13/2010

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I would call your doctor to make sure it is nothing of a painful matter (ie; gas, constipation or even her gums.). Babies also know when you are stressed out which in turn upsets them. Just remember that she is crying for a reason. Take a few minutes to gather yourself together (even if that means she has to cry for a few minutes) try to relax and just take some time to help her relax. Good luck and it goes by fast :)

Anaid - posted on 01/13/2010

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hello i have a daughter too she is now 6 month old and i have been dealing with the same thing...i have found that giving her Tylenol teething tablets and oral gel has worked...also you can try Baby's Bliss Gripe water,this also has helped my daughter threw out the day because when they are teething they get colics .i hopethis helps you!!! if anything you can email @ a.arocha@comcast.net.

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Kate - posted on 01/14/2010

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I just thought of something else. My daughter, now 20 months used to do that. I never knew what was wrong. I tried giving her a drink, food, anything! Motrin seemed to ease whatever pain it was and chilled her out, but if it is a little tooth, she LOVED frozen blueberry eggo waffles. I would just slice them into strips. They werent too hard or soft. She didnt like teething rings because i guess they were too hard! I figured mabe something firm, but chewy if that makes sense? I got her a sound machine too. When I couldnt take anymore, I would put her in her crib where I knew she would be ok, turned a song or sound on, it has a timer for like 45 min. So I don't know if that helps, but it works for us, we still use the sound machine at bedtime.

Sara - posted on 01/14/2010

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Girl, sometimes you just have to put her down someplace safe (like the crib) and just walk away for a few minutes if you think you're going to lose it. Better to have her crying in safety then to do something you'll regret. My daughter had colic, so I feel your pain. Just remember that this will pass. Are you sure it's the teething? Could she be sick or have some sort of infection (ear or whatnot?). If you're concerned, you might just want to have her checked by the pediatrician to make sure there's nothing else going on. Good luck and hang in there!

Rachel - posted on 01/14/2010

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i sat orajel and infant tylenol if needed let her chew on a wet rag or something very cold turn on music or t.v low and just rock her

Kate - posted on 01/14/2010

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Thanks everyone! She is eating great and pooping better than usual. She used to only go once a day but ever since I started her on cereal she now goes twice a day. I'll definitely try all of your suggestions! I hope something works because I think I am going to lose my mind! Haha thanks again!

Erin - posted on 01/13/2010

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Wear her in a sling or pouch. My daughter had terrible colic and baby-wearing was the only thing that comforted her and stopped the hours of crying. Plus it still allows you to have your hands free.

Karina - posted on 01/13/2010

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if your baby is fine, pooing and weeing proply, eating well,ect and it is just teething, there are many ways to help her. i found one of the most effective ways is using teething tablets from the chemist. there are teehing rings, gel,ice packs ect. but nothin works like those tablets and TLC. just ask the chemist for the teething tablets and they will get them for you. all you do is put 2 tablets under the tongue and they disolve almost instantly and numbs the mouth. hope this helps

Carrie - posted on 01/13/2010

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i used to put my girl pacifiers in the freezer, i would wet them(i had at least 3 xtras) and freeze them for 20 30 minutes and she would chew on it so hard, i new she liked it. and of course it they scream that much, they are in pain so give her tylenol, and baby ambesol. good luck, they usually get better with teething in time

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my daughter went through that as well. have you tried baby oragel, tylenol, teething rings, etc? rubbing them can help as well. there isn't much you can do about the screaming and crying since they don't understand so you just have to try and sooth it the best you can. just hang in there it will get better :)

Juanita - posted on 01/13/2010

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For teething, you can certainly try the gels and sometimes my little one was fine with just a cool teething ring or washcloth. If you have a dryer, sometimes placing them in their carrier during the spin cycle will help. Of course, you want to be there monitoring or sometimes just having the vacuum on while might help.

Ashley - posted on 01/13/2010

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Hi it will get better i promise my son is two and he had medical issues that made him scream all of the time it was horible here are a few things that help shure hope it helps you. 1 for teething i found medication from my local health food store im sory i cant remember the name but its in a white and pinck bottle and its pills u desolve in water it was majic in a bottle lol. 2 i got a old snugglee from some one its like a bag that zipps up over baby almost over face but lots of air space i used to walk around with that and he would finaly fall asleep. 3 i found this food net at walmart u can put diffrint kinds of veg fruit cold for teething but u dont have to worrie about choking my son loved it hope this helps.

Anaid - posted on 01/13/2010

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Chelsea i feel the same way.i sometime think i aint good enough of a wife because i don't have time for anything....

Erica - posted on 01/13/2010

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I don't know what you have tried or if you know for sure that it is teething so here are some ideas... Orajel, cooled teether, wet washcloth, teething tabs (I havent tried these to date). I think there may be something other than teething though. You may want to go to the doctor for an overall exam. My daughter has had gas pretty bad and isn't sleeping trough the night anymore either, just in the last four nights or so. She is fussy alot in the day too. I rotate her legs like she's pedaling a bike then I press her knees softly but firmly into her belly and she stinkers...all of this makes her smile and laugh. I massage her belly and burp her many different ways and this helps too. As a last resort I try mylicon drops. Tylenol should be able to help control teething pain at it's worst to help her sleep at night. You should deffinately take her to the doctor just to be sure there isn't an underlying problem. That's all I can guess. Hope it helps.

Chelsea - posted on 01/13/2010

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even a washcloth ran under cool water, and drained and let them suck on it.. my baby is doing the same exact thing just started about a week ago. i'm going insane it seems... my husband helps though when he gets home, cus i just need a break, i'm trying to do things for our home and to keep everyone happy at this exact time because i felt like a crappy wife, it is overwhelming. i hope you get the perfect advice to help you.

Amanda - posted on 01/13/2010

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Have she been checked for colic? She could have gas on her belly. The way I was told to get rid of gas is lay baby on their back on your legs and take the legs and push them into tummy. It worked for me. Still does. Hope this helps.

Mandy - posted on 01/13/2010

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Hi Kate,



I found with my children they liked sucking on ice when they were going through the pain. Also have you tried teething gel? Though i must say those teething gels were a little tempermental. Sometimes they worked sometimes they didn't but i did notice that when you put them on about 15 mins later they work (when they worked). Have you also tried giving her those teething rusks? I'm not sure if all these things helped my kids but i found that my kids didn't scream so much. Hope this helps none the less good luck.

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