I have a 5 month old who is in serious teething dilemma, what can I do to help without medicines?

Summer - posted on 07/31/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old is currently teething to the extreme! There isn't a second when his fist is not in his mouth! As a result he is getting dry patches on his hands from sucking and chewing on them so much. He is constantly fussy and is awoken at night due to the discomfort. What things can I do to ease his discomfort without having to give tylenol on a regular basis?





Thanks!





-Summer

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Sharell - posted on 07/31/2009

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Honestly Summer, the best thing for teething, is just dip your finger in whiskey, and rub it on their gums. It won't hurt them, and it takes away the pain, puts them right to sleep.

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Christin - posted on 08/01/2009

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They have these things now (I can't remember what they call them) but they have a netting on them with a top that snaps closed. You put a piece of fruit in there and freeze it, then let him chew on it. He can't get any pieces in his mouth, he just gets the juice from the fruit and since it is frozen, it helps with teething. My son absolutely loves it and it is good for him so I love it! I found it at target in the baby section. I'm sorry I can't think of the name of it.

Sara - posted on 08/01/2009

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there are some teething tables you can buy to help take the edge off they are homeopathic I used them with both my kids they are wonderful! ...I used cold wet wash rages for both my kids. Orajel. is great umm....My son was the worst teether....He drooled like crazy for over a year. the cold wet I tried the frozen thing not so great for my kids. I would just get a wash rag wet on one of the corners and let then suck on it...it worked great! for both my kids. ummm the teething rings that have liquid in them work good as long as they are cold. other then that I would just try to find a great soft chewy toy. you could also try fruit....What i mean is there are these little fruit holders that you can buy. you can put whole pieces of fruit in. there is a mesh piece that the baby chewy s on (so not to chock on the big pieces.) you could buy some fresh fruit or veggies freeze them and let your baby chewy on the mesh piece( they are made just for babies. I bought ours at target) The only problem is it will get a bit messy after a while. But I have to tell you don't be to surprised when that first tooth shows up and your baby gets pretty upset. Not all kids do this of course., but if yours dose you will know why. It's that first one ( in both my kids case the first 2 came at the same time.) that will be the worst. After that it dose get much better....I promise you will get thorough this...Just remember this one thing. Cold is key numb those gum's. :)





good luck to you I wish you the best



Sara

Jami - posted on 08/01/2009

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when ,y kids were teething i was told to give the celery it has a natural numbing agency in it and they love it! GOOD LUCK

Tessa - posted on 08/01/2009

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Clove oil diluted with vegetable oil such as olive oil or similar is a natural alternative. You can by homeopathic clove oil from a chemist. Make sure it is unadulterated and pure. Recommendations vary between 1 and 4 drops of clove oil into 1-2 tbspn of vegetable oil. I'd suggest you start with 1 drop to 2 tbspn, test it on yourself and adjust accordingly. Remember that baby's gums are more sensitive than yours.
Dip your finger tip into the mix and rub onto the sore spot and inflamed gums only. Dont slather too much in there, it is quite effective and too much can upset baby's tummy. Best to save for at night time and use rusks, flannels or teethers during the day.
Teethers shouldn't be placed in the freezer as this can cause more pain than comfort in a lot of babies, they are best stored in the fridge.
Good luck. Teething can be quite upsetting to both baby and parents.

Lisa - posted on 08/01/2009

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DONT! use GRIPE water!!! thats for COLIC! NOT TEETHING! if your skidish about the tyenol only use it when he is REALLY upset and need relief in a hurry,,,,

Lisa - posted on 07/31/2009

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teething tables they are all natural it works wonders! I gave them to my other two children! they loved them... but if that doesnt work then I would use origel.. nighttime relief.. GOOD LUCK!

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I never used oral jel because it can make their tongue go numb... they can choke on it and die in their sleep if given before bedtime. Whisky or any kind of alchol is not a solution EVER! try grip water or tylenol and you can have the same results alot safer and proven through years of studys. I would give my son day old pizza crusts. that had been left in the fridge over night. cool on the teeth and very chewy. Teething rings are great. try a vibrating teether... so when they bite on it it massages their gums. gd luck

Kiera - posted on 07/31/2009

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My daughter hard the hardest time when she was first teething..i mean it was a nightmare!!!! Origel didn't seem to work all that well and like u i didnt want to keep giving her tylenol, so i tried hylands teething tablets and they worked great!!

Shanene - posted on 07/31/2009

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go to the chemist and ask if they can make you up a teething gel i got it for my son i tried everything my son used to wake up every 40 mins due to teething the stuff is called ralphs oral gel i apply it once b4 bed and he doesnt wake up anymore

Miangelbug - posted on 07/31/2009

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Here's a few ideas:



-Get a wash rag slightly damp and freeze it. Let him chew on that for awhile.



-(if feeding formula) give him his formula at a cooler temperature and let the formula do the cooling.



-use the teething toys that you stick in the freezer.



-I think they now have something that is similiar to a pacifier but it's more for chewing on during teething (not sure because we never used it).



-I know this sounds funny but I actually gave my son a big chunk of steak one day to chew on (I think he was a few months old but might still work). He didn't actually eat the meat but it was tough enough to keep his gums busy for awhile.



*You basically want to cool his gums and get him chewing on something to relieve the pain. As far as in the middle of the night, just a cool bottle of formula (if formula feeding). Or if all else fails, just use tylenol to get through the night. I think I mostly used it then so I could get some rest myself. I'm not a huge fan of "drugs" for myself or my kids but sometimes it really helps out when you are at your witts end. lol



Good luck!

Kayla - posted on 07/31/2009

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During the evening try a baby nigt time origel. It numbs the gums and relives the pain. But as for during the day I use to give my son ice pops to help numbs his gums a little and for dinner I started letting him small ears of corn. although he didn't have teeth he loved chewing on the sweet cob and it was just hard enough to help with the urge to naw.

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