out of possibilites..HELP ANYONE WITH suggestions

Carrie - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 53 moms have responded )

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my baby is 7 months old and i believe she is teethin....she has a cough runny nose, fever of 100.9...i have been givin her tylenol for pain...today is the first day for the followin: only ate about 10 oz...usually eats about 24 oz (4- 6 oz bottles ) and a jar of baby food....only 3 wet diapers and one poopy... which is alot more trust me...

i have tried ice cube in a towel she dont want...teething toys dont want... and the teether things that look like passies...WHAT ELSE CAN I DO??? the only comfort she gets and me hold her...she has nap a total of 30 mins all day which is very very usual for her... any suggestions...i am exhausted ...please help

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Lorena - posted on 10/12/2009

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i think a doctor should see her. there shouldn`t be fever with teething. that would actually be some sort of infection. and for teething, we would use humphreys. you`ll find them in the pharmacy, you`ll have to ask for them at the counter. those really work.

Francis - posted on 10/12/2009

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Actually you should call the doctor I can understand her not eating for the teething part but she should not have a fever, studies have shown that babies usually don't get a fever because of teething, honestly it sound like it could be an ear infection to me, you have alot of the syptoms going on, runny nose, fever and not eating or sleeping it may hurt when you lay her down, my daughter went through alot of ear infections when she was an infant,so in my opinon I would call her doctor and have her be seen right away.

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Carolee - posted on 10/19/2009

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Baby Orajel and Tylenol. Then, sometimes, you just have to put her down and take a break for yourself. Put her in a safe place, and go into another room and cry, stick your face into a pillow and scream, whatever it is that helps relieve your tension... because she can feel that you're tense. Good luck... it won't seem quite as bad once she's gotten all of her teeth (I know that's no help now, though).

Shannon - posted on 10/19/2009

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Im glad that you have found a relief for your baby! Just remember that if you are unsure of what to do just call the dr! Its better to be too safe than to be sorry for not taking her/him in sooner. With every child and even sometimes with every tooth they may have different symptoms... I was lucky with my first child, no fussing, no runny diapers, no temp or ear infections... just teeth! But my second would get a runny nose, sometimes a temp, but most def was cranky! I used the teething tabs from wal-mart and they seemed to help! Hope that you have better luck with her next tooth :)

Myra - posted on 10/19/2009

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If the only thing that helps is holding her, that's what you need to do. Of course, try giving some Tylenol for fever and pain relief. That may also help her want to eat more. It's all such a circle...one thing gets feeling bad, then something gets knocked off track and it just snowballs.

Cyndi - posted on 10/18/2009

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IM AM SO SORRY! I would check to see if she has an ear infection, If she does not there something out there called teething tabs they are a life saver.I have used them on all six kids. hang in there it will get better

Jennifer - posted on 10/18/2009

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I think I'd give her a bottle of iced sweet chamomile tea (NOT ICED TEA, the chamomile will make her sleepier) and let her play with frozen fruits and vegis (chopped HUGE, think bell peppers, but quartered). Bell peppers, banannas, big apple slices. Have you tried freezing the actual damp wash cloth and giving it to her? Keep her in tylenol and if you need to, piggy-back it with baby motrin. To do that, give her the tylenol dose and then right in the middle of the time between tylenol doses, give her the motrin. Keep that cycle going untill her fever breaks and she doesn't look like she's hurting. As long as those diapers are wet, she should be ok. If she goes dry for 24 h, take her in to the pediatrician for dehydration eval. Good Luck!

Bethany - posted on 10/18/2009

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go straight to the doctor. Teething only causes aches and pains in the face and head, and sometimes a bit of a runny nose. Not a fever.

Kyle - posted on 10/17/2009

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try giving her a whole carrot to chew on. It is big enough she wont choke and the right texture to sink her teeth in and still be able to feel the cold from refrideration on her gums. my daughter loved it. sure i don't have to tell you but do this with supervision of course!!

Katrina - posted on 10/17/2009

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Try teething tablets. They worked great with my kids!! They dissolve in their mouth.My local Wal-Mart carried them and they were cheap. Good Luck

Jeannette - posted on 10/17/2009

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Since she has a fever, it may be she is fighting off an infection. She could have the early stages of an inner ear infection and that is what could be making her not sleep as well. If she subsides when you give her tylenol, than the problem is pain. Teething is usually associated with some diarreah. Make sure to keep hydrated. If fever persists, take to Dr. to have him look in ears.

Christi - posted on 10/17/2009

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Quoting AMBER:

TYLENOL NEVER WORKED FOR MY 4 KIDS, THE DOCTOR WOULD TELL ME TO GIVE THEM TYLENOL, BUT I ALWAYS WENT WITH MOTRIN. ALL 4 OF MY KIDS GOT DOUBLE EAR INFECTIONS WHILE THEY WERE TEEHTING, OH BOY I MISS HAVING A BABY TO HOLD AND CUDDLE WITH BUT I DO NOT MISS THE TEETHING AND EAR INFECTIONS. GOOD LUCK CARRIE I REALLY HOPE YOU GET IT ALL FIGURED OUT AND YOU PRECIOUS BABY GIRL. HOPE SHE IS FEELING BETTER SOON.



i agree with amber, for fever or anything i always give my child motrin. my son was recently admitted to the hospital for swine flu and they said the best to give him was motrin and sure enough in two days it knocked out his fever and he was able to come home.

Christi - posted on 10/17/2009

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it sounds like it might be the flu, i would take her in to get her nose swabbed just to be sure. my son is nine teeth and he would get fussy but he never had any of those symptoms. he is nine months old and got his first three teeth at three months.

Amy - posted on 10/17/2009

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Oh btw Over in NZ the have something called Welda teething powder, I suggest you go to your local pharmacy and ask what they offer

Amy - posted on 10/17/2009

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Have you tried bonjela? Im not sure where in the world you are though lol. over here in NZ we have bonjela which you rub on babies gums and it numbs the pain. Or amber teething beads.

Amy - posted on 10/16/2009

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My son sometimes had a fever with teething too. I always had teething rings in the freezer or refigerator depending on what you can do with it. That helped to a point. But whe he was teething or sick in any way he wanted me to hold him and our house was upside down for a while. One thing I will say when he took a nap or went to bed I took a nap or went to bed. He had collic also so it was crazy. I also had a heart rythem music tape of baby songs.It had a heart beat in the back round and it reminds the babies of being in side the mothers womb which calmed them down. My son loved it. It was the only way to get him to calm down. Other wise I would be going out of my mind. I will try to look up the web site and post it. I wished someone told me about teething tablets never heard of them. Orljel helped too but did not use it till Abraham got a little older. Tylonol really worked but it took a while. It is hard because they can not tell you what is wrong. Hope things are calmer for you. It is hard. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Jessica - posted on 10/16/2009

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Hi i have a three month that us teething and i was given hylands teething tablets and they seem to work well! They have a website www.hylands.com hope this helps :)

Iris - posted on 10/16/2009

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Have you tried baby orajel? My hubby and i use to do is give our children frozen waffels to chew and it usually helped and u can give the baby tylenol too.. that will also help..

Erica Shea - posted on 10/16/2009

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Apple wedges. Put a apple in the refrigerator cut it into wedges and let them chew on the meat of the fruit. Also you could put a washcloth soaked in chamomile tea and allow them to chew on that. The chamomile in a natural irritation reliever
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Ami - posted on 10/16/2009

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For my daughter we used ice water in a bottle . . . it is kinda like a teething ring because it is cold, but it stays cold . . . she never really drank the water, just kinda let it run over her gums and spit it out, so it is messy, but the sucking motion is comforting . . . When she got really bad we also just put ice in her formula . . . it really saved our sanity.

Tricia - posted on 10/15/2009

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Buy teething tablets. They are all natural, safe, and babies love them. I have 4 boys my youngest 4, and it worked on all four.

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I used cold bananas. Not frozen but chilled in the fridge. Cut into pieces right for her and see if she likes them. I also used Homeopathic Teething Tablets. They sell them at Wal-Mart in the baby section, and they dissolve quickly. They worked for both of my daughters. Remember what Mom was saying down there about the frozen fruit? That is a wonderful idea! There is a feeder that is a little mesh bag with a handle attached. Its great for putting cold or frozen fruit pieces and letting her chew on the bag. I personally avoided the Tylenol unless her fever was higher than 102. Even if you can't get to the cold fruit right away, try a wet wash cloth that has been put in the fridge and let her chew a corner. (put the damp wash cloth in a sandwich bag to keep clean in the fridge)

Nicole - posted on 10/14/2009

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I use teething tablets. They are all natural and you can get them for around $5. They really helped my daughter with her teething and I had several friends use them as well. You can find them at CVS or even at grocery stores.

Jennifer - posted on 10/14/2009

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Hylands teething tablets worked for my daughter It calmed her down and she took her bottle and went to sleep. I must have used them for 4 months. Now both my girls ran fevers got rashes and stopped eating so I can totally relate to you. I was extremely exhausted as well and the nights were even longer. Other then going to get her ears checked which I must have done several times myself, I would have to beleive that it is her teeth coming in. Not sure if she has any yet, but both my girls got 4 or 5 at one time not one tooth at time so apparently this is what made her feel "sick" or at least have so many different reactions. I wish you luck and I hope you get to the bottom of what she is really going through. Keep us all posted I would love to hear that you are doing better. Good luck!

Pamela - posted on 10/14/2009

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With my daughter, I gave her a teaspoon (tips from my MIL). The metal is cold and helps to sooth her painful gum. She was never without one in her hand when she was teething.

Nichole - posted on 10/14/2009

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Hyland's teething tablets saved my sanity.They used to carry them at Longs or CVS. If you can't find them in a store you can get them at hylands.com

The baby spoon thing is good with the tething tablets because if she doesn't chew on something it won't come thru. Try freezing the spoons too. And this is a good time to switch to sippy cups because the bottles hurt them to suck on. Hope this helps.

Tabitha - posted on 10/14/2009

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try and stay away from oralagel and teething tablets not only can they bite their toungue but they can swallow their toungue and choke! Tylenol or Motrin is what our ped recommends and no alcohol!

Margaret - posted on 10/14/2009

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Quoting Carrie:



out of possibilites..HELP ANYONE WITH suggestions

my baby is 7 months old and i believe she is teethin....she has a cough runny nose, fever of 100.9...i have been givin her tylenol for pain...today is the first day for the followin: only ate about 10 oz...usually eats about 24 oz (4- 6 oz bottles ) and a jar of baby food....only 3 wet diapers and one poopy... which is alot more trust me...
i have tried ice cube in a towel she dont want...teething toys dont want... and the teether things that look like passies...WHAT ELSE CAN I DO??? the only comfort she gets and me hold her...she has nap a total of 30 mins all day which is very very usual for her... any suggestions...i am exhausted ...please help



 



First and foremost try not to get so  wound up -  babies sense this!and this only adds to the viscous cycle!



Secondly, have you thought about contacting the doctor? With a temperatureof 100.9, you may need a little more than reassurance! Perhaps a visit by the health visitor would help! Ask them to come round to  see you! asick baby someetimes can "not come to the surgery!"!!



Keep her cool, by stripping her off down to her nappy! and wrapping her up in a sheet or better yet, pop her inside a pillowcase when you hold her!  and let her sleep in a pillowcase, with  a light blanket over her!  A duvet might be too much for her at the moment!



As to giving her comfort, well, every one when they are ill, needs comfort and I'm, afraid that you are that for your baby!



When she sleeps. you sleep! Even if it is for a couple or twenty minutes  your baby is ill,and when they are ill,  the whole house runs to their timetable!



As to food, well that is a toughie! At seven months, she  may not simply not want to eat ! So, see what the doctor/ pharmacist advises to medicate her  and bring down her temperature, my pharmacist was a great on issues ike this!



 



You could try try giving her  boiled, cooled water, in a bottle, or  a cup and spoon or beaker! Try her with ice cream! This worked with mine -  great for cooling the gums and presently, calories are what she needs if she is off her food! Try her with jelly!  It is soft, and melts into fluid and has a certain amount of calories, don't worry about the amount of nappies she is or not  soiling!  The trick is to get as much fluid into her as much as possible to keep her temperature down, with that down, she may settle into a better feeding routine, and although none of us like to use medication for such young babies, it can be used to alleviate the symptoms enough to allow the baby to take a bottle of fluid! 



Call your health visitor, and talk it over with her, or ask to speak to the doctor during his surgery!



 



Good luck, and remember to rest yourself!



 



Regards,



Margaret





 

Tiffany - posted on 10/14/2009

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wet a wash cloth put it in the freezer. Let her chew on it my son loved it. good luck

Carrie - posted on 10/14/2009

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I really think she is teething her and nothin is goin on cus her gums are swollen and red now...her fever as of last night was 99...(the highest it has been was 101.0) and yesterday she wasnt as cranky...the oragel doesnt work with her...last night i found somethin that i thought would never work i gave her one of her rubber baby spoons to chew on and omg she chewed on it for about 20 mins. it was great...thank you all for your suggestions...

Stacy - posted on 10/14/2009

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Sometimes a flavored wet (can use a Pedialyte soaked) baby washcloth will work. My older daughter LOVED pickle juice on her washcloth. Also, some of the baby orajel worked really well too. Alternate between Tylenol and Motrin, see if she will take pedialyte to make sure she is hydrated, she won't have much, if any of an appetite with a fever though. Lay with her for her nap if being next to you comforts her, that way, you both get some rest. Hang in there mom!

Jade - posted on 10/13/2009

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Carrie I went through the same exact thing a couple of weeks ago. This went on for an entire weekend. I had a feeling he had an ear infection, which comes hand in hand with teething, and sure enough he did. So the doc gave him an antibiotic and it got rid of his cold and everything. If she starts reaching and tugging on her ears, that's usually a sign of an infection. Since nothing else is working for you, I'd take her in to see her pediatrician as soon as possible. Also, have you tried the teething tablets?? They have worked really well with my son, so try them if you haven't already. Good luck and hopefully you will get some much needed rest once she is all better!

Kathleen - posted on 10/13/2009

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if you nurse her then nurse her through crankies and if bottle fed give her the bottle nipple to chew on. mine would nurse and also take a pacifier when she was teething. also mine only liked the teething rings at room temperature. another suggestion is run a clean washcloth under cold water and see if she will suck on that. the baby bjorn's also work and sometimes will fall asleep in there.

Heather - posted on 10/13/2009

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I have always been told that FEVER is not a side affect of teething. If there is a fever involved you need to call the peditrician ... this is a sign of something else. Good Luck ..

Jennifer - posted on 10/13/2009

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I used otter pops and ice tickles, but Pedialyte pops would work too: trim the packages so just a tiny part of the corners are open. My boy would chew on the tube and get drops of the juice, with the sugar acting as a mild sedative...... It was the ONLY thing that worked for us

Lorena - posted on 10/13/2009

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humphreys are for teething. they`re these very tiny white balls. hope your she gets better!

Debora - posted on 10/13/2009

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drs say a new born is healthy when wetting or soiling up to 10 daipers per day get her to er ,sounds like something more than teething .making sure she get fluids is what key when they do not feel well. i used jello and froze the teething ring along with water.praying you all better soon!

Lisa - posted on 10/13/2009

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I sit with Connor in my lap and let him eat a popsicle when he's sick or teething. I get pedialyte pops or fruit pops then I know he's getting liquid.

Kim - posted on 10/13/2009

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Sounds like it's more than just teething. Teething can cause a low-grade fever but I've never heard of it causing a runny nose and cough. You may want to give your pediatrician a call just for peace of mind. Hold her and comfort her as much as you possibly can. She doesn't know what's going on in that little body of hers.

Michele - posted on 10/13/2009

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It's like my mom said to me when i had the same problem with my boy was. Rub some hard alcohol on the gum's and it will make her feel better. Not alot just enough to cover the area that you think is hurting. I hope it work's, michele

Crystal - posted on 10/13/2009

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Carefully administer the tylenol to exact specifications to reduce the fever and get to the Ped. immediately. Acute otitis media (middle ear infections) is a common effect of teething. This is attributed to bacteria when chewing on toys trying to help the teething pain, then rubbing the face, neck, eyes, or ears. Good luck with the teething. Avoid baby orajel, or any oral antiseptic. They sound like a good idea, but if that numbing medicine gets on her tongue she could temporarily lose control of it, causing more drool or even accidentally bite her tongue with her newly formed teeth. Tylenol is the most effective in fever reduction, and Motrin is okay for pain as long as the baby is over 6 months and preferrably a minumim of 16-18 lbs.

Jane - posted on 10/12/2009

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get her to the pediatrician. teething doesn't cause fever. keep up w/the tylenol schedule until you get a call back from the doctor.

AMBER - posted on 10/12/2009

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TYLENOL NEVER WORKED FOR MY 4 KIDS, THE DOCTOR WOULD TELL ME TO GIVE THEM TYLENOL, BUT I ALWAYS WENT WITH MOTRIN. ALL 4 OF MY KIDS GOT DOUBLE EAR INFECTIONS WHILE THEY WERE TEEHTING, OH BOY I MISS HAVING A BABY TO HOLD AND CUDDLE WITH BUT I DO NOT MISS THE TEETHING AND EAR INFECTIONS. GOOD LUCK CARRIE I REALLY HOPE YOU GET IT ALL FIGURED OUT AND YOU PRECIOUS BABY GIRL. HOPE SHE IS FEELING BETTER SOON.

Carrie - posted on 10/12/2009

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Francis you have a point thanks for bringin me back to reality (LOL)...cus come to think of it she has kept movin her head from side to side like she cant comfortable even when i held her...taking care of a cranky baby all day can make your brain like mush and u cant think straight...





Amanda i will definetely try the pureed food thing...but so far she sounds like your daughter bathes, and cuddling and tylenol...

Amanda - posted on 10/12/2009

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When my son was teething I would freeze pureed fruit in an ice cube tray and put them in a face cloth or something mesh and let him chew on that. For my daughter I would give her tylenol, ambesol, anything she could put in her mouth that may relieve the pain and of course a lot of bathes. In worse case senarios i swaddle her and rock with her in the rocking chair, whatever it took to keep her calm and comfortable.

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