teething, sleepless, fussy baby

Savannah - posted on 12/11/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am a working mom (mon-sat) and my son is 8 months old this week. He's already got his bottom two teeth and I'm pretty sure he's working on his top one now. There is no visual evidence, but his hand is constantly in his mouth, if not his hand then its something...anything else, he's been really irritable lately (which is not normal, up until the past week he's always been a happy baby-except for the week it took him to get his bottom two teeth)... he's constantly rubbing his face/eyes/ears like he's tired but wont sleep. He still takes "regular" naps - about 10am, 1pm, and sometimes 4:30pm, then goes to bed about 7:30... but always wakes up about every three hours. He used to wake up happy/to play, but the past week he's woke up cranky/fussy/crying and 90% of the time his eyes are closed the whole time but he throws himself around like crazy.
I don't know what to do anymore... I'm tired and completely worn out and any ideas or helpful tips are welocome!!
Help my son and I sleep! :)
Thank you!

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Lori - posted on 12/13/2013

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First: Realize that this will pass. Yes it's exhausting while it's happening.
Keep offering teething toys, cold teething rings, a frozen washcloth for chewing on… whatever he likes to help with the teething pain.
If you want, there are teething tablets, or teething drops available to help. You can also offer ibuprofen or tylenol if you're comfortable with that. (I did… but I know some moms don't want to give any meds if they can avoid it)
Just continue to offer what comfort you can to your LO, and try to get what rest you can while you wait for those teeth to pop out. Once they cut through the gums your LO should return to his happy self… at least until the next round of teeth.
I found with my daughter that some teeth really really seemed to bug her a LOT as she was getting them. And a few others showed up without me even knowing they were coming.

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Alvina - posted on 11/18/2015

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It's a dilemma that new babies won't sleep and cry all the night staying us awake and out of wits. Try babies magic tea. I am using it with good results and hope your baby and you'll get relief.

Savannah - posted on 12/17/2013

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Well i took 6 weeks when my son was born.
I wonder if you can split it like that... hmm. I'll definitely have to check into that!

Lori - posted on 12/17/2013

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ObviouslyI'm not sure where you live… but… in the US, FMLA entitles you to take 12 weeks off to care for a newborn (unpaid - but job is protected)… as long it's taken within one year of birth. Now this would only help you if you didn't take any FMLA leave when your baby was first born. And to be eligible your employer must have 50 or more employees. But: again, it might be worth your while if you can afford the time off.

http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/fmla-faqs.ht...

Savannah - posted on 12/17/2013

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Amen Lori, they sure are. and my time refreshes at the begining of the year... I seriously may have to do that.

Lori - posted on 12/16/2013

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If you are in any position to take some time off, that might be worth your while. Babies are exhausting!!!!!

Savannah - posted on 12/16/2013

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I called the nurse and she said "it sounds like you're doing everything I would reccomend"... which is great, but my son still stays up to 2 or 3 am screaming uncontrollably.
maybe I should be asking if there is anything I can do to help me lol.
I work full time and I'm running on fumes. I've thought about quitting my job many times in the past week just so I can be on his schedule. I get NO sleep.
I am praying and waiting for the day that his teeth finally cut through so he'll be able to sleep at night. :/

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