K.M. asks from San Francisco, CA on November 11, 2008
Need Help with Teething 7 Mth Old at Night!
My 7 mth old is teething on the top (bottoms already broke through) and it seems to bother her most at night- 2-3am to be exact, every night for the past 2 weeks. She was previously sleeping 7pm - 5am, and now wakes up at 2-2:30am nightly with teething pain and crying that is inconsolable unless I nurse her. She doesn't need to eat at this time, and it's purely a comfort for her. She wakes up again like clockwork at 5:30am again for another feeding. The 5:30am feeding has always been there, and I'm ok with that for now- but I don't want her to get in the habit of nursing at 2:30am too. Does anyone has suggestions for teething treatment in the middle of the night? I give her ibuprofen right before bedtime, and then again 6-7 hours later when she wakes up at 2:30am. What have other moms tried that has worked??? Thanks! (Oh- and dad is out of town on business every other week- so I'm on my own at night some weekdays and I work full time- so I need to get more sleep!)
K.G. answers from San Francisco on November 12, 2008
We used baby orajel when he woke up and then gave him more ibuprofen if it had been long enough since the pre-bedtime dose (per the package instructions).
M.R. answers from San Francisco on November 12, 2008
You can give your daughter the following: Calcarea Phosphorica 6x cell salt by Highlands, homeopathic remedy Camomilla 30C, 3 pellets 3 times a day. Usually it resolves the painful teething problem right away. You can give your child the Calcarea Phosphorica 6x cell salt every time she is teething. All the remedies can be purchased at a health food store.
M. Rosen, CHom
840 Hinckley Road, Suite 110
Burlingame, CA 94010
J.D. answers from Salinas on November 12, 2008
wow- that sounds great! my 8 month old used to wake only at 11pm and 4:30pm to nurse and now that she's teething, it's every hour. i get to rest in a chair all day for 2 days a week at work, but the other days i'm home all day with a 4yr old and 2 yr old also, and it's wearing me out too. But your baby won't teeth forever. give her what she needs now.
G.D. answers from Modesto on November 12, 2008
Walgreen's has Hyland's Teething Tablets!!! WORK LIKE MAGIC!!! I also love their COLIC TABLETS!!!And stay away from ORAGEL and other numbing gels... they can numb the throat and cause choking (some kids have lost the ability to swallow saliva and choke after using this)!!!
Love, G.. :0)
"I know of nobody who is purely Autistic or purely neurotypical. Even God had some Autistic moments, which is why the planets all spin." ~ Jerry Newport
C.S. answers from Sacramento on November 12, 2008
We're having the EXACT same problem with our 7-month-old son, and we've found that if we sneak in and rub some Baby Orajel on his gums when he starts fussing at 2am, we can often then pat his back for a few minutes and get him back to sleep without nursing. HOpe that helps!!
C.R. answers from San Francisco on November 12, 2008
HYLANDS TEETHING TABLETS!! they are all natural and work wonders, my babies calmed down immediately after putting a couple in their aching little mouths. Now that they are older of course... I noticed that Hylands also has collic tablets and earache tablets, which I bet work well also. Trust me, buy your baby a bottle of them and put a couple in at a time and watch the magic! Good luck! You can find them at any grocery store, maybe not in the babyfood isle, so try oralcare isle!!
K.W. answers from San Francisco on November 12, 2008
Have you tried just holding her instead of feeding her? have you thought about a pacifier?
Those are my two suggestions, good luck. I'm home during the week alone too, I have a 2 year old and a 9 mth old. I co-sleep and have gotten to the point where sometimes my little guy will sleep most of the night in his own bed, and we are off a night feeding. My 2 year old went to sleeping in a big boy bed, in his own room, THRU the night (yeah)at 18 mths.
S.H. answers from San Francisco on November 12, 2008
Have you tried nighttime baby orajel? The numbing effect might really help her. I work full time so I know what it is like to be sleep deprived and I am a mother of three ages 6 1/2, 4 1/2 and 14 months. Good luck!
J.L. answers from San Francisco on November 12, 2008
I'd advise you to get out of the habit of giving her ibuprofen as a matter of course. Sorry to say that actually the teething may go on for a while. My 15 month old is still cutting teeth--they get 20 baby teeth, and my boy started at 4 months, stopped for six months, and once he started again they've all been coming in one after another. I've been told that we do most of our growing at night, that's why babies may have more teething pain at night. Sometimes the homeopathic teething tablets (Nylands) help, and there's an oil called Gumomile, or All Smiles, that has clove oil--you put a bit on your finger and then right on the gum and that numbs the pain. I save the ibuprofen for when my son has a fever or is really obviously sick -and he did get that sick when the first molar came in. You can nightwean at her age (cut out the 2:30 feeding) by giving other forms of comfort--paci if that works, hugging, rocking, singing; we did that while co-sleeping, but I hear it can work with crib sleepers too. When I cut out night feedings, my son stopped waking up in the middle of the night and that was such a blessing. I think they really do get used to the discomfort of teething. It also may help to give her chewy stuff during the day to help the tooth cut through the gum (my son likes cold celery sticks and he also used to chew on hard rubber stuff like pacifiers). Good luck!