Can someone please help me?

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I have a 6 month old (my first and only child) who for the last 3 weeks has been crying/screaming/whining almost non stop from around 8 or 9 am till about 9 or 10 pm. Everyone says she's teething but she hasn't cut any teeth. I've tried everything i can find or think of, and nothing calms her down. All I can do during the day is wait for her to cry it out and she falls asleep for about 30 mins before she starts crying again. If anyone can tell me whats going on or how to comfort her I would greatly appreciate it.

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Kylie - posted on 03/20/2012

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Have you taken her to the doctor for a possible ear infection? I swear my son was born teething... They say the most painful part is before the tooth breaks through. The thing that has really helped my son was Humphreys teething tablets. Have you tried those? I only have one baby myself, but noticed that phases come and go. Sorry, I know I'm not much help but hang in there!

Melanie - posted on 03/21/2012

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Teeth cut off and on sometimes for months before they finally erupt. Or it could be gas. If you don't think that's it trust your instincts. You know her better than anyone else. have you seen her Dr yet? If you a and/or her Dr decide it its her teeth, talk to your pharmacist. They might be able to steer you toward something you haven't tried. God luck.

Rebecca - posted on 03/21/2012

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Try gas drops my son would always get fussy at night and everyone said he was teething, but Dr said to try gas drops and it seem to work try giving them to baby 10 min before they usually get cranky

Kaylea - posted on 03/21/2012

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My son was the same way it turned out he was having nightmares. Well i am superstitious so i went out and buy a dream catcher . So when it was bed time I would feed him a bedtime snack and then I would breastfeed him . I did all this sitting in a rocker next to the dream catcher. I also moved his crib next to the window where the dream catcher was and his dreams got so much better and he started sleeping through the night .

Jennifer - posted on 03/20/2012

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Babies can show signs of teething months before an actual tooth comes through. If you are unsure if this is the actual cause, then take her to the doc, so they can check her over. Teething is a really rough time. I have 4 kids myself, and each child was different. They ranged from screaming non stop for hours on end, to me not even realizing anything was going on til I saw a tooth. Some ways to comfort can be...let her chew on cool things. You can get teething rings, but a cool wash cloth, or whole celery stock does the same thing. I never used natural teething tablets, but have been told they work wonderful. I found Gripe water (found at most drug or health food stores because it is all natural) worked wonders, because it also calmed the upset tummy that usually came with teething. Lastly, if all else fails, give a little motrin. I always used that as a last resort, because there is always possible side effects with any type of medicine you use no matter how "safe" it is supposed to be.

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Donna - posted on 03/26/2012

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Lot's of good suggestions below. Have you started solid foods yet? If so, you may also consider a food allergy. You could begin to journal her food/behavior is she has begun solids. Good luck. I hope it works out soon.

Gwen - posted on 03/26/2012

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Don't know if you are in the UK or if these are available in other countries but Ashton and Parsons powders helped both of my 2 through the teething phase. My son did a lot of screaming when he was a baby and had colic. They also found out later he has asthma and that may have been a major factor in his crying. But at the time when there is nothing you can do to calm them down it can be SO upsetting. I remember walking round the room with him, crying myself and pleading with him to stop. Not a nice memory but then I learned that sometimes you have to put the baby down and go into another room (make sure baby is safe first) and take 5 mins to calm down. Sometimes if we are upset baby can feel it and this makes them feel insecure and cry more. Be confident that you are doing all you can do. As long as a doctor has ruled out infection or anything serious then all you can do is give her as much comfort as possible whilst staying calm yourself, then you are doing the right thing for her. This stage will pass and you will soon have a million new things to worry about. All part of being a mum I'm afraid! If she will lie still long enough try some gentle baby massage in a dimly lit room, with soothing music - warm any lotions on your hands first! - and it is a pleasant time for baby and you. She'll soon realise that you are the best mum in the world and the only person she can count on 100%! Best wishes, Gwen x

Kara - posted on 03/25/2012

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It could be gas my daughter was like that 6 months and up gas drops helped every now and then my mother in law an older lady mexican lady we all are took olive oil with a little baking soda rubbed it on her lower back tummy and thighs then we put her in a tight onsie pants and it was the best thing she slept she played she felt better. Also being older they said whiskey on the gums I was hesitant but they did it and shockingly it worked never did it again though lol too weirdseriously though the olive oil is really wonderful try it let me know if it worked

Kara - posted on 03/25/2012

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It could be gas my daughter was like that 6 months and up gas drops helped every now and then my mother in law an older lady mexican lady we all are took olive oil with a little baking soda rubbed it on her lower back tummy and thighs then we put her in a tight onsie pants and it was the best thing she slept she played she felt better. Also being older they said whiskey on the gums I was hesitant but they did it and shockingly it worked never did it again though lol too weirdseriously though the olive oil is really wonderful try it let me know if it worked

Laura - posted on 03/22/2012

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I use to give my son a frozen carrot or one of his pacifiers I kept in the freezer (in a zip lock bag) to chew on and that seemed to ease the pain. Hope it helps.

Suzanne - posted on 03/22/2012

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I agree with Kylie. Make sure she doesn't have an ear infection. I used to babysit an infant who would scream and scream and it turned out to be her ears.

Fleur - posted on 03/22/2012

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Have you looked up colic?http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colic/D... crying episodes. A baby who has colic often cries about the same time every day, usually in the late afternoon or evening. Colic episodes may last from a few minutes to three hours or more on any given day. The crying usually begins suddenly and for no clear reason. Your baby may have a bowel movement or pass gas near the end of the colic episode.

Intense or inconsolable crying. Colic crying is intense and often high pitched. Your baby's face may flush, and he or she is extremely difficult — if not impossible — to comfort.

Posture changes. Curled up legs, clenched fists and tensed abdominal muscles are common during colic episodes.

Colic affects as many as 25 percent of babies. Colic usually starts a few weeks after birth and often improves by age 3 months. By ages 4 to 5 months, the majority of babies with colic have improved.



When to see a doctor

Seek immediate medical attention if your baby's crying could be the result of a fall or injury.



Contact your baby's doctor if you're concerned about your baby's crying, especially if you notice changes in your baby's eating, sleeping or behavior. You can help your baby's doctor by tracking in a diary when your baby cries and for how long. Also record your baby's sleeping and eating patterns.

Crystal - posted on 03/22/2012

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Just another quick thought but if she is teething you might try wetting a wash cloth and freezing it, after frozen let her chew and suck on it it may sooth her gums

Crystal - posted on 03/22/2012

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I'm with the others I would look at things in the household and evaluate the things that have or haven't changed. After eliminating them from being the cause I'd try maybe changing a somethings in the routine one at a time and see if thaat may help.

Jennifer - posted on 03/22/2012

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Have you changed a routine recently or gotten off track with one? Children need routine to feel secure.

Beth - posted on 03/21/2012

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If she is tething give her a COLD WHOLE SWEET PICKLE... sounds weird I know... but I teethed my first 3 with them and my now 6 month old is using them... they are spongy enough that they dont get any pieces off them and the cold helps the gums :) hope this helps

JENN - posted on 03/21/2012

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How about acid reflux. Does she spit up a lot? My twins had it as infants & only medication would sooth them. I would suggest taking her to the doctor ASAP so she can get comfort.

Christine - posted on 03/21/2012

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it takes a while for them to cut their teeth, my 7 month has her top theeth coming in now and is the same way she will be fine for a while during the day and just start crying. i would try some orel gel the ice teething rings a wash cloth in the freezer. these things really helped my little one. if you take ur finger and rub them on ur babies lower gums u might feel the teeth right below the gums. i would just call your dr if you find nothing is working

Orange - posted on 03/21/2012

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Great to hear that she is back to herself. Sorry that she has a UTI. I am on my 4th boy (in under 5 years) and if there is one thing I have learned...never be afraid to go to the doctor if it seems like something is just off. You know your child better than anyone else. I always give new behavior and screaming fits a few days and then if there is no fever, I go in. Yes I feel foolish a lot because sometimes it is just teething (sigh...) but when there is something wrong, it is worth it. I hope your daughter feels better. Be prepared, this might occur again. Ask your doctor now for what signs are. I know several friends whose daughters have frequent UTI's. Hang in there!!!

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Was at the doctor all day today found out that she is teething but she also has a uti. So after some antibiotics and some Humphreys she is back to her old self. Thanks for all the suggestions.

Melanie - posted on 03/21/2012

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oh yeah I almost forgot. I know she's not old enough now the when she gets bigger give her frozen waffles it really helps. my preteen still likes them.

Chrystal - posted on 03/20/2012

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I give my kids sugar free icy pops when they are teething. I poke a little hole in it and let them chew on it they get just a few drops of the icy pop and chew till their gums get cold enough to numb the pain. My son also liked to chew on cold carrots. I also give them teething biscuits which seems to work the best for my daughter since the cold can sometimes makes her scream in pain even more. Doctor is a good idea just in case it's not teething but something else.

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I've tried little fevers, cold rags, teething rings, everything on the list except tablets because i cant find any. Taking her to the doctor again this week.

Patrice - posted on 03/20/2012

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Hey Ashley!



I agree with Katherine I would do my research on the tables as well. But I personally have tried the tablets when my kids were little ones and they did wonders. So I do hope you find out whats going on hang in there. Keep us posted!

Katherine - posted on 03/20/2012

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I agree with the other ladies, teething. It will make a baby crazy. It's sooooo painful for them. The teething tablets helped me too. They were taken off the self because of so much bella donna, but are back on shelves, just as a precaution you might want to do your research though.

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