L.L. asks from Quinton, VA on January 02, 2007
Teething Baby Not Taking Naps
My 7 1/2 month old daughter just got her first two teeth last week and since then she is no longer taking naps!! It seems like the teething pain is causing her not to be able to go to sleep. She also wants to be held all the time which is of course understandable since she is uncomfortable...so when I put her in her crib and walk away she immediately starts crying. The past 3 days she has basically gone each day with maybe 30-45 mins. of napping. So for the rest of the day she is just tired and fussy. Anyone had the same experience and have any advice?? Do I just have to ride it out?
H.C. answers from Richmond on January 03, 2007
I have a 7 month old boy and he got his first 2 bottom teeth in about 3 weeks ago.. there is really nothing u can do but just sit back.. it will pass i promise. for some reason the one thing that did calm him down was a cold water wash cloth. he didnt sleep either but its just a phase. for the past week he has come back to his normal routine. im also the type that doesnt believe that all diferent medicins work.. at night a 1/2 hr before his last bottle i jyst gave him tylenol like the doc suggested at least to soothe him alittle during the night.
D.C. answers from Roanoke on January 02, 2007
HI L.! My son went through the same thing when he was teething. He stopped sleeping through the night and naps were almost impossible during the day as well. The only thing that helped him was Infant Motrin. We tried the Tylenol, but it didn't even touch his pain. I think because the Motrin is an anti-inflamatory, it works better for teething. Also, I tried DOZENS of teething rings and toys and NONE of them worked except for the "Super Yummy" teether. It's really neat, it has five different textures to teeth on and because it has a handle, I could set the teething end into a cup of ice or ice water and leave the handle out so once it was cold, he could just put the cold end into his mouth and his hands wouldn't get cold from holding the handle end. If you are interested, let me know, I am an Educational Consultant for Discovery Toys. I'll send you a picture of it so you can see it!
I hope this helps! Hang in there! It gets better!
B. answers from Charlotte on January 03, 2007
My 6 month old is cutting her 1st tooth and the Hylands teething tablets (got at Walgreens and Harris Teeter) seem to be working well.
D.O. answers from Wilmington on January 04, 2007
My daughter did the samething when she was that age...it's really weird cuz they just wake up one day and it's there. I had to just leave her in the crib. I asked my Peds Dr and said that it's ok to let her cry a bit...which was very hard for me....so I would let her fuss for no longer than an hr than I would take her out and let her play than when I seen she was acting sleepy we would repeat our naptime routine....it was a rough week but in the end she figured it out and it's MUCH MUCH MUCH better now. If you keep going in the room it will get worse...I know cuz that is what I was trying to do, than I would rock her she would go to sleep until her head hit the crib than up and pitching a fit.....so it lasted more like 2 wks for me..also I would give her tyn when I thought that her teeth were hurting her...and it seemed to help with the discomfort....hopefully that will help!!!
K.E. answers from Jacksonville on January 03, 2007
When my son was teething I gave him childrens motrin or childrens advil. They are an anti inflammatory, so it helps the pain and the swelling. I also used the orajel swabs that come in Q tips, he really likes the melon flavored ones. I also put a wet washcloth (not soaked, but more than damp) in the freezer, and when it was frozen I let him chew on it. That seemed to help more than any teething ring I could find. I also gave my son a little childrens benedryl to help him sleep, and it also helped with the runny nose that comes with teething. It seemed to do the trick. Good luck!
S.G. answers from Savannah on January 03, 2007
My son is almost 8 months and has 4 teeth already and I think the lower canines are starting to come in too!! But he hates Oraljel and I don't think it has done much for him anyways cause he stays cranky after I give it too him. But what I've found that works great for him are Teething Tablets. There are two different brands out and I've got the Little Teethers brand (they also make Little Noses and other Little products). They disolve fast and you can either give them to him straight or put them in juice, formula or BM since they are tasteless (I tried one too LOL). My son gets 3 at a time and he lets me pop them in his mouth no problem. If he is teething really bad then I give him some Tylnol afterwards so by time the tablets wear off the Tylnol should have kicked in. Good luck!
A.W. answers from Raleigh on January 04, 2007
Have you tried the teething tablets? My son loves those...and they seem to work better than the oragel. I would also check into the ear infection thing.
C.H. answers from Raleigh on January 02, 2007
My son is 21 months and he is getting in five teeth right now, four molars and two canines (ouch). Most doctors will tell you to alternate tyleonl and motrin (I hate to medicate my son but if it helps then it is worth it). He was hard to give that stuff to so I wouls give him an ounce of low sugar watered down grape coolaid (be sure the tylenol is grape, motrin make a childrens dose of grape you can ask a pharmasist what the dose of that would be based on your babies weight. I know it sounds bad coolaid but what is worse that or your child in pain.
The other thing I found is some stuff called Hurricane it is like orajell but better. It is at the pharmacy and they normally keep it behind the counter so you have to ask for it.
The combination of the two has been a life savor and it helped us get through some tough times.
Sometiems being a good parent means letting the dishes stack up, leave the laundry piled in the basket and fold it later. Tell the hubby sorry that you are not doing as much around the house, but your baby hurts and needs to be held. That is the great thing about being a parent is knowing that sometimes the only thing that will comfort your child is to hold them. So if you have tried all the tricks, just hold her and lover her.