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How Many Nights Does Teething Pain Last?

Hi ladies,
Just wondering - how many nights does teething pain last? My 5 1/2 month has been giving me a really tough time with her bedtime feeding and I am not sure it is teeting related or not. I am breastfeeding, and she eats for a little while and then starts crying and pulling away, even though I know she is still hungry. She cries on and off for about two hours - this is very unusual for her. I don't know if her cries are teething related. I do see the start of a tooth coming in, this will be her first one. This has been going on for about 4-5 nights now. Just wondering how many nights teeting pain normally lasts? Is it until the tooth actually comes in? And does this happen with each tooth?! thanks!

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Thank you very much everyone for your helpful replies and experiences. It is good to hear what other signs of teething there are and ways to help. To answer some of the questions, she does not seem to cry when lying down or even during feedings during the day. Just the bedtime one. I have tried being more patient with her and comforting her and using a teething ring. The past couple of nights seem to be getting better, hopefully she is on the mend (at least until the next tooth!). We do have a doc appt next week so we'll check on the ear infection too. thanks everyone!!

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Teething pain lasts on and off for 2 years!!
Seriously- it can take a month or two for that first tooth to finally break through. There is no easy solution.
Motrin is the best for mouth pain. A dose about 1/2 hr before bedtime usually helps them settle down and get some sleep.
Hang in there!

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My husband still tells all his buddies about "Humprey's Teething Pellets" #3.. cheap at Target's pharmacy.

They are homeopathic. They can be eaten or dissolved. If you dissolve them, you can either have them drink it or rub it on their gums.

But, for us it really soothed our baby and made her less fussy.

(They were about $3.00 for a bottle..)

does she also cry when lying down? She might be brewing an ear infection. The pressure of nursing/sucking increases the pressure in the ear and causes pain. Any congestion or fever? sometimes it is worth a trip to the ped. to check it out. My kids got ear infections/colds with each incoming tooth. They say it isn't related, but they did, whether it is connected or not. good luck! (try and nap during the day since you must be exhausted!!!) K.

It happens off and on until the tooth breaks through the skin. It probably will happen with each tooth, but some seem to be more painful then others. Each child has their own set of symptoms with it too. My son ends up with a very runny nose, almost like a strong cold. It is all from the teeth. My girlfriends daughter has a fever. The symptoms and pain are worst at night. There are less distractions and more opportunity to focus on the pain. It is like being an adult, we have trouble sleeping at night when we are sick or in pain.

Have you tried giving some tylenol to see if it eases the pain (and crying) and see if she will finish nursing? You can also try the teethers (my son did not understand the concept, but my gf's daughter did). The more chance they have to chew on something, the faster they can get the tooth to break through. My son's appetite also decreased during the high point of the teeth coming in and we have had trouble sleeping, so don't be surprised! Good Luck. Our first two teeth came in last July 4th (at 4 months) and we have been non-stop since last August. We are up to tooth number 15 and 16 working their way in.

Oh my dear, your teething woes are barely beginning !!!
That being said, has she had a cold or allergies?
Ear pain will act that very same way and there little tubes become plugged up quite easily.
Teething pain goes on as long as it lasts.
Can be days, weeks, sometimes a month or more. Depends on the tooth and the babies sensitivity.
Sometimes stops with the emergence of the tooth barely through the gum....sometimes until the tooth is up quite a bit.
One way to tell if it is teething before a tooth is anywhere near visible is to feel the gum...it will be soft if the tooth is right there and ready.
There are many comforters for teething these days..orajel has a good ointment to apply to gums.
The teething rings that can be frozen work well for some babies, they chew on them.
At night I would even give childrens tylenol and keep the gum ointment beside your bed.
Sorry, yes, it happens with every tooth ( wait til you get to the two year old molars!!! Or eye teeth!!!)
Five nights is just a token beginning.
There is not much to be done except comfort her as best you can.
Tincture of time and this , too, shall pass.
Best wishes and God bless
Grandmother Lowell

Teething pain lasts on and off for 2 years!!
Seriously- it can take a month or two for that first tooth to finally break through. There is no easy solution.
Motrin is the best for mouth pain. A dose about 1/2 hr before bedtime usually helps them settle down and get some sleep.
Hang in there!

Hi M.,

The pain does stop when the tooth comes in, and yes, it does happen for every tooth. I think that the first few times seem like the worst, though, at least in my experience. (Maybe because its new to you and the baby...)

Have you heard about allspice necklaces (to use when baby is awake and attended)? I didn't hear about them until it was too late for my girls (just heard about it from some savvy moms). The allspice has tannins in them that make the gums more brittle, and the teeth pop through. The necklaces smell great, too, and can be soothing for babies.

My daughters never chewed on the cooling pacifiers for long, but loved little washcloths lightly wet, and stuck in the freezer for a little while. I also thought the Nyland's Homeopathy teething tablets helped a little, but not on a regular basis. We tried frozen waffles and teething biscuits, too, but I was too worried about them choking on the little pieces that inevitably break off.

As stated above by others, all babies are a little different.(My second wanted to nurse MORE when she was teething, because it soothed her, although she would occasionally try to teeth on me). I like the recommendation to be sure she doesn't have an ear infection, too, although given your babies age and what you said, it sounds like teething. They can run a little low grade fever, and be miserable with teething, but shouldn't be as sick as with an ear infection. Like another mom said, if she is miserable when she lies down, consistently seems to have some kind of pain when she's nursing, shakes her head a bit, and has a fever, best to rule out an ear infection. (That being said, one of my daughters would present with ear infections after having nothing much more than a fever, no "classic" symptoms. They're different!)

Be patient and as empathic as you can- sometimes teething lasts a long time (or seems to when one tooth is coming in right after another). Take heart- it won't last forever. :)

M.,

Sorry but there is no way to know for sure if your daughter is crying from teething pain or something else. As her mom you need to be the one who decides if it is bothersome enough to give her Tylenol or not. As for the length again each kid is different and until you see the tooth she could have pain. I would suggest giving her the Tylenol tonight about 1 hour before you would nurse her and she if it helps. Sorry but there really isn't a clear cut answer here.

L. M

Sounds familiar to me too, I think my daughter fussed for several days at a time when young & teething. I know several people suggested tylenol or motrin - but I don't think you are allowed to give ibuprofen (motrin) before 6 months so you probably have to stick ith tylenol even if motrin is better. Check with your pediatrician for sure.

good luck.

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