Teething!!!!! HELP!!!!!

Kara - posted on 07/05/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My baby is cutting her first tooth and it has been a horrible experience so far for the both of us. she has all the classic symptoms (drooling non stop, loose diarrhea type stools, gnawing on her fists constantly, restlessness, ect.) I have tried infant motrin and tylenol, cold teething toys, orajel, and even a concoction created special from her pediatrician but NOTHING seems to help. she screams forever when we put her down to sleep, she usually sleeps through the night but now I find we wake up several times and sometimes for long periods of time before she finally is ready to go back to sleep.... Is there anything else I can do or try to help make her more comfortable or even take the irritation away as she cuts this tooth? Is this to be expected every time she cuts a tooth? Please help me!!! I hate hearing her scream like this, it's so different from a hunger cry or a dirty diaper cry! She screams so hard it sounds like she's about to go hoarse!

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Jamie - posted on 07/05/2009

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Depending on age you can prop her up to sleep. Like in a boopy but you have to be there to watch her the entire time.

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I only suggest this until she has a tooth in but have you tried rubbing the gums?



Sometimes I find that if you rub your finger against it not too hard but just hard enough its kind of like applying pressure to a sore spot (kind of like if you have back pains during labour sometimes it helps to apply pressure) If you dont want to use your finger (especially once she gets a tooth in) there are infant toothbrushes that you put on your finger.



Once the first tooth is in most of the time it can get easier, but sometimes eye teeth and molars can be tough. My youngest's first tooth was terrible coming in but then he got 6 front teeth like boom! lol he now has some pain with some of the back teeth coming in but not as bad as his first tooth.



Just remember once the first tooth comes in you may want to consider keeping fingers away till shes used to having teeth! Keep a close eye on any toys she chews on bottle nipples and anything semi soft she can put in her mouth.

Kristi - posted on 07/05/2009

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I tried the cold teething toys also but I know what you mean by they didn't work. But I did try the frozen ice pops, I would cut the plactic down a little but not to expose the frozen ice pop. I found that they could get it better in their mouths. It should only be like this for the first couple of teeth and get better after that.

Meg - posted on 07/05/2009

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I remember those days, my cousin passed me a great tip....Take banana and put it in a freezer baggy, freeze it for an hour or two, and let her chew on it. It REALLY helps the soreness of her gums/tooth and its yummy for her. Hope it helps!

Ashley - posted on 07/05/2009

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try asking your doctor about tylenol with codiene. i know it sounds strong but thats what i had to go through. My daughter did the same thing. and her daughter gave her the tylenol with codiene.

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