M.F. asks from Fairfield, CA on September 01, 2009
Teething - Hercules,CA
my son is 6 months, what can i do for his teething?i've tried everything, any other suggestions he already has 1 tooth out! please help
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D.R. answers from San Francisco on September 02, 2009
Children's Teething Relief and Camilia (both available at Whole Foods) have been helpful for my daughter. Frozen teether toys also helped.
L.E. answers from San Francisco on September 02, 2009
I got big carrots (not the mini-snack size) and let my baby gnaw on that in his high chair next to where I was. Just make sure the narrow tip isn't too narrow so he doesn't stick it too far back. Also, teething biscuits from B-R-Us, and dried mango from TJ's seem to keep mine happy. Good luck!
V.R. answers from Sacramento on September 02, 2009
With my first son the teething gel & motrin combo worked well enough. But my 4-mth old is starting to teeth & I'm shocked at how much he hates the teething gel, the cold washcloth, etc.
I'll be purchasing an amber teething necklace & try that out. Just Google it - there are tons of places online to get one from. They range from about $15 to $40, depending on size & type. But supposedly amber has calming/healing qualities in it when worn close to the skin. I have 2 friends who swear by it.
The baby just wears it around the neck during the day (not at night!!). It's short enough that he can't chew on it or anything. Beads are knotted on both ends in case it breaks so there's no choking hazard.
Just something else to consider if the teething gel doesn't cut it. I did use Hyland's teething tablets with the 1st one as well & those worked. Good luck - a lot of times it's just trial & error.
A.J. answers from Sacramento on September 03, 2009
my son starting teething a lil later than yours. But what I found worked for us. Albiet a lil' messy. Was I froze some apple juice in an ice cube tray then let him naw, and suck on it in one of those mesh food holder things (sorry I can't remember what they're called at the moment) It helped a lot during the day. At night we did a dose of motrin, and sometimes the orajel (although he didn't like it going on). Hyland teething tablets didn't work much after the 1st set of teeth & found the more we tried it the more he seemed to not fall asleep at night. Someone told me there's caffeine in it so who knows? The only other thing that seemed to work a little bit. Was I found a vibrating tooth brush with a non brush adapter at BRU that seem to soothe him. My g/f swears by it..
Good luck I hope you find something that works
L.S. answers from San Francisco on September 01, 2009
The only thing that helped when my daughter was teething was frozen mini bagels, just keep a close eye on him when it starts defrosting!
M.S. answers from Sacramento on September 02, 2009
Hi M. ~
I used Hyland's teething tablets and would occassionally ad some tylenol. It worked for us.
S.B. answers from Redding on September 02, 2009
Oh, the joys of teething. I teethed both of my children with jerky. Not the brittle kind that you get at a convenience store, the kind that comes in big bags at Costco. They have turkey and beef and they're nice big thick chunks. Of course you want to inspect each piece to make sure there are no little pieces that can break off. My kids loved chomping on it, plus...they get some flavor. There is sodium involved, but they can't eat it, just gnaw on it until it gets good and slobbery and then you throw it away. We travelled quite a lot and never went anywhere without jerky in the diaper bag.
My friend's little boy was teething and unhappy and crying 24/7. I told her about the jerky and he loved it. Carrots work really well too to help the teeth break through. My daughter HATED oragel. I think her gums being numb freaked her out or something. She screamed even worse if I tried that. Dad loved jerky and I just gave her a piece one day. She was fascinated by the texture and the taste. When my son came along 10 years later, I didn't think twice about trying it with him too.
Teething can be really tough on babies so I hope you find something to help you all through it.
A.C. answers from San Francisco on September 02, 2009
I feel like we've tried it all, and the only thing that works for us is putting an ice cube in one of the mesh feeding bags and letting him suck on it. Like this one:
We use Hylands Teething tablets as well, and while a lot of Moms swear by them, I'm not sure that they make a huge difference. They certainly don't hurt though, and giving him the tablets temporarily distracts him and calms him down. If all else fails, I'll give him a dose of Motrin, but I try not to jump to that if can.
Lots of extra nursing, cuddles and play time are really what get us through his worst days.
E.M. answers from Bakersfield on September 02, 2009
That's a tough one! By everything, do you mean the frozen gel rings/shapes, the refrigerated ones, etc? What about baby crackers? The ones that dissolve in their mouth? Does he chew on his fingers? Can you give him the infant juice pops? They are cold and tasty!
For my nephew, what we did was find something he could hold and chew on while drooling all over the place. He uses normal nuk pacifiers and avent ones, so I bought something different: a soothie. It's pretty firm yet flexible rubber, and he can stick his little fingers in one end and chew the heck out of the whole thing without causing any damage. He is getting his 5th tooth now!
Does that help? If not, I would call your Pediatrician and ask what they recommend.