Does teething cause headaches?

Katelin - posted on 12/31/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 13 month old son has started cutting his 7th tooth within the last week. He's been highly irritable, doesn't eat much, etc. Earlier this afternoon on our way home form the grocery store he was sitting in the back just wailing. It wasn't his normal cry (for attention, fit throwing, hungry, mad, etc), it seemed like he was in pain. He started hitting his fist against his head, like his head was hurting him. Then this evening, about 3 hours after he went to bed (he sleeps from 7pm to 6am, no problem) he woke up just miserable. We put the oragel on his tooth and gave him some tylenol but nothing would calm him down. When he started hitting his head with his fist again, I had the thought to take him in to the pitch black bedroom and he calmed down almost immediately.



My mom, Grandma and I have all had problems with migraine headaches and I am worried that he's experiencing them as well! I looked up teething + headaches and nobody has been saying that teething causes headaches, which worries me even more. His medicaid just got canceled a few days ago (I am working to get it reinstated asap) so I can't get him in to the doctor right now.



Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Michelle - posted on 08/31/2013

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My daughter is 21 weeks old and screams and rubs her head also if we touch it she screams we have her calpol and this seems to wrk but is it a headache or teething can anyone advise please

Sarh - posted on 12/31/2010

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We also have medicaid and I know if our insurance was cancelled or I missed the 6 month review that I would be able to take my children to the ER and the insurance would back pay it. They normally back pay a month (I think). I'd take him in if he is inconsolable! Have you tried Motrin? I personally prefer Motrin over Tylenol, I think it works better... example: my son had a fever Sunday and I was alternating the 2 and the Motrin took the fever AWAY! and the Tylenol (Q-Tap) only reduced it!
If you think he is in pain you can alternate Tylenol and Motrin every 3hrs.

Tiffany - posted on 12/31/2010

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My daughter didn't tug at her ears this time at all, but I know that is a sign of ear infections. Is there a free clinic you can go to or will medicaid retro a visit if you brought him to the ER?

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Katelin - posted on 12/31/2010

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He cries when he lays flat but he's usually only laying flat because he threw himself backwards while throwing a fit.. He hasn't been tugging on his ears at all.

Tiffany - posted on 12/31/2010

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Also, I have found with teething that once they start getting molars that motrin works MUCH better then tylenol, at least for my daughter. Hope that helps and I hope he feels better soon. ♥

Tiffany - posted on 12/31/2010

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My daughter was doing this a few weeks ago, and it turns out she had a double ear infection. She has been teething wicked for the last few months (She's 14 months and has 16 teeth already) so I thought it was that but brought her just in case. I would get him to the doctors, even if you have to be billed. I don't know if it's the same in every state, but in MA a child can not be refused to be seen by a doctor whether you have insurance or not. We haven't had insurance for a little while (which sucks, cos we get billed) but I have brought my daughter to the doctors a lot this year for her checkups and when she's been sick. If it is an ear infection, he will need to be on antibiotics. Is he tugging at his ears at all, or crying when he lays flat?

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