Too much Ibuprofen for teething!?

Cara - posted on 09/03/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




It seems like my 14-month-old has been constantly teething for the past two months. The only thing that seems to help her at night is Ibuprofen. I have been giving her one dose at bed time most every night. If I don't give it to her, she wakes up and nurses and nurses and usually stays awake for 1-2 hours in the middle of the night until she is too exhausted to go on. When I do give her the Ibuprofen, she may still wake up, but she usually does not stay up. My Dr. says that it is not physical but behavioral because I nurse her to sleep instead of letting her cry it out. I don't want her to be in pain, but I know too much Ibuprofen is not healthy for the stomach and liver. I have already tried teething tablets, gels, Tylenol, and I have her chew on cold things through the day. She doesn't like pacifiers and spits them out. I don't know what to do!

Teething and Sleepless


Jennifer - posted on 09/04/2010




i worried about this as well because ibuprofen is the only thing that helps my son sleep when he's teething. i looked on the Dr. sears website and was reassured...dr. sears says that ibuprofen is very safe for use in infants and children, and can safely be given "around the clock" for several days. so, when only giving night doses, you can extend the amount of time that ibuprofen can be given. and i always make sure to feed my son either directly before, or directly after giving it to him, to make it easier on his tummy and liver.

your instincts are right to not let her cry it out...if there is ever a time for CIO, it is definitely not when teething/ill.

also, if you are uncomfortable about giving her medicine every night, try giving her slightly less ibuprofen...if you usually give her 5ml, for example, try giving her 4ml and see if that is enough to take the edge off.

Ashleigh - posted on 09/04/2010




DO NOT let that baby cry it out.It is not behavioral.If shes teething then shes in he one of those Drs that thinks babies don't feel pain?If you're just giving her one dose a night then you're not hurting her.Don't give it to her if she doesn't need it.And if nursing to sleep is what she needs then let her.You are not haring her in any way,you are helping her.I have done this with 4 kids.I nursed all 3 of the oldest to sleep and currently do it with my youngest.ALL of my older kids sleep just fine now on their own.I never let them CIO,I always responded as soon as I could.I suppose it is a behavioral thing.She crys because she needs you,so you go to her because you love her.It is a learned behavior.She has learned to trust you,because you have shown her that you love her.CIO is so negative.You are doing fine.Teething is a frustrating time for baby and Mom.It does pass.Everything passes given enough time.You just keep giving her what she needs.

Katryn - posted on 03/31/2012




I would get a new doctor.. it would be a bit cruel to let him cry it out when he is clearly in pain. I give my daughter ibuprofen at night as well or else she does not sleep at all. I tried to tough it out for awhile but I just ended up trying to comfort her all night and neither of us gets any sleep. Try to get another opinion from a different doctor.


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