Teething Pain & Eating Food?

Mary - posted on 01/16/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old has been getting random teething pain since she was about 4 months old but over the last month or so it's gotten really bad. She gets random little fevers and her cheeks get beat red. I give her the dissolving teething tablets and baby tylenol to get the fever down. But she goes through days where she's a pig and wants to eat 3 bowls of cereal a time, to days like today where she only wants a bottle and clamps her mouth shut when the spoon comes her way. Does this stop after teeth start coming in??? And can babies get more than 1 tooth @ once?

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Connie - posted on 01/18/2009

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the babies gum will be red and swollen (looks like a bump) and when the tooth starts to cut through it will start to turn white at the top of the gum.. also if you rub the gum a little bit you will eventually start feeling a rough spot which is the tooth. hope this helps..

April - posted on 01/18/2009

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rub thier gums and if you can feel a rough spot then they are having teeth breaking through.

April - posted on 01/18/2009

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yes babies can get more than one tooth at a time. Take her to the dentist. she may need her gums cut. She is eating like that periodically because she is hungry and growing. And with her eating like that, it is also because when her gums are hurting her she wants the cold from the bottle and the nipple which is gummy to naw on. When they aren't hurting than she knows she can eat. her body is telling her to eat cause you may not want to for a little while. take her to the dentist.

Jolene - posted on 01/17/2009

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My daughter will go through 1-2 weeks at a time where her teeth really bother her. And then it's like she will have a break for about a week. Shes 10 months old and her teeth have been comming in rapidly since her first one at 5 months. I found BOIRON Camilia really helps. It's the only thing I give her for it. As well I've been told that Tylonel does not need to be used for a low grade fever. It sounds like her appitite picks up on the days where her teeth are not bothering her as much and thats complelty normal.

User - posted on 01/17/2009

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My daughter got her first tooth this thanksgiving on her bottom jaw. The tooth next to it came in on my birthday dec 6. It depends on the child some get teeth fast some slow and Ive even heard of babies being born with teeth. My daughter eats really well, shes a pretty easy baby though, but this may help. i just feed her slower. Give her a bite of her cereal or food, and keep little kids graduate puffs or cheerios for her to chew on when she whines i give her a sip of juice and several bites, by then shell eat several bites, then snack of finger foods then juice then her actual food and I also sing and talk to her. I teach her asl so she understands the sign for more or eat so if i sign eat she looks at her food or opens her mouth when she wants more if she dont I let her eat her cheerios or w/e else.

Liza - posted on 01/16/2009

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Theething realy hurts! Just let her drink when she wants, she'll be ok, and if she wants to eat more it's ok too. But I think 3 bowls of ceral is alot, are you mixing the ceral w/ fruit? A guid line is that the baby's fist is about the size of her stomach, so I wouldent give her more than 2 time that, the max. But keep giving her liquids & a couple ounces of water a day is ok to but I think no more than 2oz.

Dana - posted on 01/16/2009

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A little tip for teething. Although quite uncommon here in the US, one trick used up in Canada and in Europe is something called Camilia. It comes in little plastic tubes and is homeopathic.  My son loves it, and it seems to calm him quickly.  I have found it only at Whole Foods here in the US.  I highly recommend. By the way my pediatrician is very much against the teething tablets as apparently they contain belladonna which is used in cardiac medication atropine...so I have stopped using those upon his request.



Good luck with it - I  am going through it too right now!

Melissa - posted on 01/16/2009

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Same here! I am wondering for all you experienced moms out there... how do you know when the teeth are really coming??

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I used tylenol for the fevers and wet washcloths. I would wet a fewwash cloths ring them out and place in the refrigerator. The cold helps. My boy cut his first two teeth at four months.

Rachelle - posted on 01/16/2009

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It sounds normal to me. I have a daughter who will be  two next month and i have had the same problem with her since she has cut her first 2 teeth. That is how i know that teeth are coming, because she wants to eat like a pig and then she has days where she doesn't want to eat a lot and she just picks all day. She has her bottom incisors coming through now and her gums are all swollen and you can see the tooth at the tip of the gum. I used freezies wrapped in a cloth or a frozen cotton cloth and it was just the perfect size.  I found that the teehing rings she didn't want at all, she would rather have a freezie for the pain and the numbing of the gum. I have also used tylenol and motrin with my daughter, when she gets fevers from her teeth they get out of control and she suffers from febrile seizures.

Connie - posted on 01/16/2009

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Babies can cut more than 1 tooth at a time. Tylenol always worked good for my kids and I would wet a washcloth with cold water, ring it out and let the kids chew on it.. this helped alot..

User - posted on 01/16/2009

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I agree with the Motrin comment.  Tylenol may help with the fever, but if you can reduce the inflamation with the Motrin, the fevers take care of themselves...

Amanda - posted on 01/16/2009

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My 7 month old has been teething for months and we have yet to see a pearly white either. Yes, multiple teeth can come at once. I have noticed off days with feeding, but I think at this age they get very distracted and it is difficult to get my son to finish a bottle. He certainly doesnt drink it all in one sitting. We usually end up splitting it up over an hour. I wouldn't worry about the off the bottle days. As long as she doesn't lose weight she's ok.
Also, try Infants Motrin for the teething pain. It seems to work better to reduce the inflammation, we use it several times a week at bedtime. Remember not to give it more often than every 6 hours though.

Paulette - posted on 01/16/2009

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Hi Mary, I agree with everyone so far. You are doing a great job and everything sounds normal. As far as getting multiple teeth at the same time, yes it does happen. My son got 2 at a time and my daugher who's 15 months went...2 bottom front...2 top center front...and 4 first molars at 12 months. They are the hardest because they have to go through several layers of gum/tissue. Just keep using the teething tablets and tylenol. I used all cotton washclothes wet and frozen for them to bite on...the teething toys they did not like them. There are Nabisco's 'zwieback toasts' and Gerber 'biter biscuits' too. But those you need to follow the recommendations on the box as to when or how ready the child is for them. I hope this helps and have a great day!

Paulette - posted on 01/16/2009

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Hi Mary, I agree with everyone so far. You are doing a great job and everything sounds normal. As far as getting multiple teeth at the same time, yes it does happen. My son got 2 at a time and my daugher who's 15 months went...2 bottom front...2 top center front...and 4 first molars at 12 months. They are the hardest because they have to go through several layers of gum/tissue. Just keep using the teething tablets and tylenol. I used all cotton washclothes wet and frozen for them to bite on...the teething toys they did not like them. There are Nabisco's 'zwieback toasts' and Gerber 'biter biscuits' too. But those you need to follow the recommendations on the box as to when or how ready the child is for them. I hope this helps and have a great day!

Mayra - posted on 01/16/2009

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Quoting Katy:



Sometimes all we can do is hold them and love on them through the tough stuff. :)





Absolutely right! there will be days when you'll spend the whole day holding and comforting your baby.  So the house will be a mess and you'll eat pizza.  And that's the way it is! (just had one of those days yesterday).

Katy - posted on 01/16/2009

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Also, just remember that sometimes screaming, yelling and hurting are part of being a baby... especially when teeth are coming in. You're doing a great job, so don't let it discourage you even when he does keep crying despite your efforts.



Sometimes all we can do is hold them and love on them through the tough stuff. :)

Katy - posted on 01/16/2009

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It sounds totally normal to me. Every baby reacts really differently to teething... my girls both got really icky diarreah, and they both had weird, random fevers. It sounds like you're doing the right stuff... low doses of baby tylenol to keep the fever down and help with the pain.



Also, with my oldest, when the pain got really bad, we would use refrigerated orange slices (seedless, and with supervision, of course) to help... that way she got soothing cold and some juice with vitamin C.



I hope this helps!

Katy - posted on 01/16/2009

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It sounds totally normal to me. Every baby reacts really differently to teething... my girls both got really icky diarreah, and they both had weird, random fevers. It sounds like you're doing the right stuff... low doses of baby tylenol to keep the fever down and help with the pain.



Also, with my oldest, when the pain got really bad, we would use refrigerated orange slices (seedless, and with supervision, of course) to help... that way she got soothing cold and some juice with vitamin C.



I hope this helps!

Mayra - posted on 01/16/2009

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Well, my 8MO is getting both upper teeth at the same time and I'm having the same issue with food.  I just keep trying to feed her solids whenever, that means "forget about establishing a routine and respecting feeding times." I consider my daughter feeding needs more important than any routine, so I keep offering solids to her whenever, if she takes 2 spoons at a time and has her bottle too, then I know she's well fed.  But that is just me, my pediatrician told me that, as long as the baby is getting milk or formula and the appetite is not decreasing dramatically, baby is totally fine.  So just try not to be frustrated when feeding your baby, she'll eat when she's in the mood.  

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