How do I help my 9 month-old son through teething?

Tammy - posted on 10/24/2008 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My son has been really crabby while teething and Orajel only goes so far. And the dirty diapers.....in numbers! (one day he had 4)!! What can I do to help him through this?

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Kelly - posted on 10/30/2008

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I bought a Fresh Food Feeder made by Munchkin, ( www.munchkin.com ) you can buy it at Target, Walmart etc. Instead of putting food in it, we would put ice cubes and my kids LOVE it! Neither one seemed to care for teethers, and orajel would just make them mad. My son really like frozed bananas in his (bananas are messy though), and my daugter's favorite so far is just plain ice cubes. They can suck on it and get the water, or bite it. Either way, it numbs their mouth and seemed to relieve them tremendously.

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I have given all of my kids frozen green beans and corn to eat that cools down their mouths. Make sure that you give them Tylenol at night to help with pain while they are sleeping, and use lots of diaper rash cream and/or powder to make sure his bum isn't getting too burned.

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Tylenol works great, but if you aren't in to drugs, try the teething tablets by Hylands. they are sold near the baby orajel in places like walmart. the bottle is about $7 and will last through a couple years of teething. they are all-natural, homeopathic stuff. THEY WORK!!

Karen - posted on 11/01/2008

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In my experience, teething rings aren't worth the plastic they're packed in. I just go to the dollar store and pick up some tooth brushes. Pop 'em in the freezer for a bit and let the baby chew on them. The bristles massage the gums, and stimulate the gums to allow the tooth to pop through easier. Supervision is strongly recommended for obvious reasons. Also, I can't remember who makes them, but I found these awesome pacifier with studs around the nipple to massage the gums while the baby sucks on them. My daughter loves them.

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Oh, also please be aware if you do decide to use these homeopathic drug laden tablets that they are also made with lactose!! Beware anyone with children allergic to lactose!!

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Christina - posted on 11/02/2008

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orajel is great but i liked hurricane gel for teething. it is kept behind the counter at any major pharmacy. It was a life saver with my son. If you are looking for more homeopathic the teathing tablets are great.

Tracy - posted on 10/30/2008

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You know what I've realized... every kid is different when they go through things. I have two girls and my 4 month old is just starting to teeth. I'm more of a natural medicine kind of mom, but I do have to say that if your child is in pain I would do anything to relieve that pain and sometimes I have used tylenol. But for my 4 month old the teething tablets and the homeopathic drops (Camilia.... Boiron is who it's made by which you can get at whole foods or even fred myers might carry it) together have worked for her. But when my oldest, she's 14 months, started teething nothing really worked for her. Just more bottles and cold teething rings. Hope this helps you. Don't worry you both will get through it!!!!

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Sorry, I guess I wasn't clear. I meant that I had been sarcastic in my previous post. I also want to apologize to anyone else that may have felt I am pushy. I am merely strong in my convictions. I believe that we should know what we are putting into ours and our childrens bodies. Now a days most people don't, I mean, most of our food is genetically engineered! Even the scientists who made it don't know what it is doing to us! It's just my opinion but I think when it comes to medicine and drugs you should research before taking/giving anything. Know side effects and possible reactions with other drugs/medicines. Many "herbal" remedies will react with other drugs, so always ask the pharmacist. They know more about those drugs than your doctor. Again, I apologize to anyone who felt I was pushy. I will say again, to clarify, for teething I use cold things (those munchkin things are definitely AWESOME) and hugs!! That is all you need! Love, light and luck to everyone!! Amber

Heather - posted on 10/30/2008

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I have found that little popsicles, or the teething rings you can put in the freezer work good. They numb their gums. Also my children loved to chew on their toys that were rubbery. I hope that maybe this might work for you.

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as I said before, I LOVE teething tablets. I should have mentioned that both they and Motrin are blood thinners, so it's not smart to use them together. Tylenol is fine though.

Also, my youngest is currently teething and is preferring frozen pancakes over reheated ones. (I make a huge batch of FLAXseed or sweet potato pancakes once/week and then freeze the extras and feed them every other day, microwaving to reheat).

Debi - posted on 10/28/2008

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i absolutely agree with the teething tablets. we do a combo of tabs and Orajel, and holy cow! amazing.

Laurie - posted on 10/28/2008

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try feeding him yogart this will calm his stomach and get rid of the slimmy shi!s and try the teething tablets and if you have a pacifer string with velcro on it let him chew on the velcro my son loves it and it seems to calm his gums and a baby tooth brush works to just let them chew on it. hope this helps i know what your going through.

Barbi - posted on 10/28/2008

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Ive been a mother for almost 18 years to 3 children, (and both my brothers, as we were growing up), so I havent hurt anyone yet! I LOVE it when young mothers with one child get on their soap boxes and start their tree hugging preaching. The poor girl asked for advice on what to do, especially when it gets to the point that you will try anything. Other mothers have suggested it too. Its wonderful that you offer a different opinion, and I applaud that, just try not to shove it down our throats next time??

Barbi - posted on 10/28/2008

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Why you took that as sarcasm, I dont understand. Actually, it sounds like you could use a drink to calm down and relax. Or are you teething too? I have more of those happy pills if you would like some....cuz, someone is cranky!

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That was sarcasm! Please don't feed alcohol to babies!! It isn't even ok for adults!! By, "be comforted" I didn't mean by the chewing, sorry. To clear up: Cuddles, love and cold teethers are what did the trick for my son. We are a drug free home, we don't use Tylenol or anything like that. These homeopathic remedies may work but they are still drugs. Just trying to give people different options!! PLEASE do your own research! Most people these days don't know what is going in their own bodies, or their children's. Know what is in it before you give it to your baby!

Barbi - posted on 10/28/2008

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Well, whatever is in them, they work wonders! We did try the whiskey on the gums too...didnt work. You cant exactly tell a 9 month old to chew on something cold and "be comforted" , especially at 3am when they are screaming with their balled fist in their mouth, obviously because of teething. You decide what works best for you and your son that you can feel good about, and go with it!

Carolyn - posted on 10/28/2008

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Hyland Teething Tablets - a must have!!!! like everyone said - and you can use them in conjuction with any fever relief meds. but they really calmed my little one down at night when she was the most unhappy - she is 18 months and we are still using them -

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With my son I haven't used anything besides teethers. They worked very well. Ora gel is a scam, lol!! it just washes away in the mouth! they just have to chew on something (preferably cold) and be comforted.

Jaunna - posted on 10/28/2008

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I also use a natural product from Walmart but it wasn't a pill it was a liquid called Camilla. not sure if spelled right but it is in the natural section at Walmart by the pharmacy.

Barbi - posted on 10/27/2008

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I agree with Melissa. Get the pills!!! You can give up to 3 every hour and they are a MIRACLE!!! We tried everything!!! We call them "happy pills" in our house!

Christina - posted on 10/27/2008

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If you are like me you hate to spend soooo much money on all those teething meds and toys. I would stick a wet washcloth in the freezer for about 20 mins. and then give it to my baby and he would love to sit there and chew on it. Of course combined with some Tylenol and your good to go.

Melissa - posted on 10/27/2008

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there is these little all natural disolvable pills at walmart that are a godsend hylanders makes them they are awesome trust me they work!!!

Kelly - posted on 10/24/2008

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hi give him lots of cold, hard items to chew on. this will cool his gums down and help his teeth break through... i used to give mine a new wooden peg which i put in the freezer for half hour ......

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